Some time ago, I read this book, as part of a search for information regarding the Eastern Front of World War II. I got to understand something very important: the Eastern Front was World War II!. The other theaters of war seem so minuscule compared to this enormous craziness into which the 2 most powerful armies of that time sank into. The Red Army and the Wehrmacht fought a war of annihilation like never before and hopefully never will happen again. I got to understand also the roots of the failure of the Soviet Union. How can a state be able to attempt to be a superpower if it lost in less than 4 years a quarter of its population? I got to understand also how much we are indebted to the brave Soviet soldiers, who, fought not only against the Nazis and fascism but against the fear created by their leaders. What I am saying does not justify what the Soviets did to the German civilian population as revenge 2 years after Stalingrad took place.
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