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TheInterocitor
04-09-2017, 08:22
I started reading this book while waiting at the auction for the auctioneer to get around to what I wanted to bid on. It was in a box of books that no one wanted.

It is based on real history, but the characters are made up.

Rostov was taken by the Germans in the first wave of Barbarossa, but then was retaken by partisan Russians. The Germans sent down a division from their Moscow forces to settle the Rostov debacle. This may have made a difference in the war, as the Germans were closing in on Moscow, and the lack of a division hindered their plans.

The main characters are some privates in the German army and some partisan Russians. The Germans are sometimes portrayed as kind of stupid, bumbling, and the Russians as clever, but the sterotypes are not as bad as a Ludlum novel.

Benedikt
04-09-2017, 09:03
was digging around and found this interesting article in the Chicago tribune.
http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1941/12/04/page/18/article/the-nazi-retreat-from-rostov

TheInterocitor
04-09-2017, 15:00
was digging around and found this interesting article in the Chicago tribune.
http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1941/12/04/page/18/article/the-nazi-retreat-from-rostov

The first time that Hitler's legions were shown not to be invincible. The book brings it down to personal level, as a couple of German privates ask for food, the Russians let the frozen German soldier in their house to get warm, the Russian partisan disguises himself as a stupid drunk and bombs a squadron of German troops, etc.