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The first book in English language that addresses Soviet field
fortifications, drawing on new archaeological research currently being done in
Russia * Provides an excellent overview and explanation of the fortifications
that played a key role in the vast Eastern Front * From June 1941, the Soviets
were forced to undertake large-scale defensive operations in the face of the
overwhelming German blitzkrieg assault, operations which ran counter to their
preference for highly mobile, offensive warfare. Lessons were quickly learned
across a wide variety of terrain and climates, including the open steppes, dense
forests, wooded swamps, cities, and in snow and ice, where the availability of
construction materials differed greatly. The first to cover this topic in the
English language and containing detailed information about the trenches,
bunkers, dugouts and observation posts, this book examines field fortifications
built from local materials by infantrymen, as well as their use of mines, field
camouflage techniques, and construction tools. It provides a first fascinating
insight into the Red Army's defensive attempts against the overwhelming might of
the German Army. Colour artwork by Chris Taylor.
  • AUTHOR: Rottman, G
  • FORMAT: 64pp 40 col 248x184 Pb
  • Code: 23391

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