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Barbarossa, Hitler's invasion of Russia in June 1941, was the largest military operation in history; its aim nothing less than 'a war of extermination' to annihilate Soviet communism, liquidate the Jews and create lebensraum for the so-called German master race. But it led to the destruction of the Third Reich, and it was entirely cataclysmic: in six months of warfare, no less than six million were killed, wounded or registered as missing in action, and soldiers on both sides committed heinous crimes behind the lines on a scale without parallel in the history of warfare.

In Barbarossa, drawing on hitherto unseen archival material - including previously untranslated Russian sources - in his usual gripping style, Jonathan Dimbleby recounts not only the story of the military campaign, but the politics and diplomacy behind this epic clash of global titans. With authority and panache, he charts the crucial decisions made in the world's capitals and the bitter struggles on the front lines, giving vivid insights into the experiences of all players, from the leaders on all sides to the men and women on the ground. Above all, Dimbleby reveals the significance of 1941 - the year in which the Soviet Union destroyed Hitler's chance of realising his demented vision - as the most important struggle in the annals of the 20th century. The definitive book on Barbarossa, this is a masterwork for the ages.

©2021 Jonathan Dimbleby (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-04-2021

Superficial

Overconcerned with Anglo-American concerns - or the concerns of an Anglo-American audience?
All too often I felt that the actual combatants had walk on parts.
I can't imagine Russian or German readers would want so much Stafford Cripps - I know I didn't.
I wanted more Zhukov.

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  • P. Farrell
  • 06-05-2021

So far... great! to be continued

Really enjoying it so far but Audible please fix the recording.. there is a loud hiss part way through... looking forward to completing once fixed

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  • ShalomMF
  • 04-05-2021

Spoiled by Awful Recording

Clearly no one bothered to check the recording. Throughout Chapters 7 & 8 there is serious distortion. These are meant to be professionally produced, not tossed off for cash. Disappointing. Really damaged my experience of it.

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  • Richard Chapman
  • 27-04-2021

fantastic bar some dodgy recording.

Great book, great story telling, occasional random horrendous noise like a walkie talkie. Happened on Ch. 7 and 8.

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  • siangardner
  • 27-06-2021

Recording is appalling .If I was Jonathan Dimbelby I would sue you!

Recording kept cutting out every few minutes/seconds . The only reason I kept listening was because I was unable to weight bear /go out .

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  • Matt
  • 18-05-2021

Barbarossa

Really enjoyed this book telling the full story of Barbarossa, hard listen at times but definitely added to my knowledge of this operation. However as others have said the sound issues are pretty bad hence the 3 stars, not sure how it was published with all the issues it has, they really need to fix it.

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  • Rev David Linaker
  • 04-07-2021

A good overview, but some irritations

This is a good overview, especially for those with little familiarity.

The irritations are with pronunciation problems. Dimbleby simply could not correctly pronounce the names of the key figures in the German High Command. This seems a petty observation, but it began to grate as the book went on.

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  • Emil F Ruud
  • 02-07-2021

Introductory at best

its not a bad introduction to the subject, but leaves out much of the newer scholarship. he harps on the by now very old arguments that "mad-man-Hitler" ruined everything by overruling his more competent generals. however this misses the point that the German armies were virtually out of oil by October of 1941 and if these resources were not replaced, say by moving into the Caucasus region, then the panzer armies would grind to a halt. I would recommend the books "Ostkrieg- Hitler's war of annihilation in the East" and David Glantz's "When titans clashed" to supplement this book and better understand the forces at work on the Eastern front in addition to just the "madness" of Hitler or Stalin. Though for what its worth Jonathan Dimbely must be praised for the even handedness of his descriptions of the war crimes of both sides. chilling stuff that must not be overlooked when reading about the Eastern Front.

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  • mr b g pollendine
  • 01-07-2021

Tough going but worth it !

I found this really interesting if a little " word heavy" at times. Well read.

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  • PDS
  • 26-06-2021

VERY highly recommended

Dimpleby on fine form - this is excellent history read by the man himself. superb stuff.

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