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Tank rider : into the Reich with the Red Army
Bessonov, Evgeni.
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Mechanicsburg, Pa. : Stackpole Books ; London : Greenhill Books, [2003]

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254 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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Includes index.
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D811 .B4832 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Tank Rider is the atmospheric memoir of Evgeni Bessonov telling of his years of service in the vanguard of the Red Army and daily encounters with the German foe. He brings large-scale battles alive, recounts the sniping and skirmishing which tried and tested soldiers on both sides and narrates the overwhelming tragedy and horror of apocalyptic warfare on the Eastern Front.

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These memoirs by a Russian tank rider present a frontline view of the horrific combat that was the eastern front from the Kursk battles of 1943 to the fall of Berlin in 1945. Bessonov, an officer of the 4th Guards Tank Army, saw almost continuous action before being wounded shortly before war's end. This is a no-frills account written from an infantry platoon leader's perspective that, in this case, is from the back of a tank far in advance of the main Russian forces. The author does not attempt to condone, moralize, or politicize anything that happened during his service, thereby giving readers a sobering look at Russian small-unit tactics, which focused on results without regard for the individual soldier. Bessonov recounts the courage and fear, bravery and stupidity of all those in his military family, both above and below him. In so doing, he leaves an honest account of soldiers at war and a unique glimpse into the makeup of the Russian soldier. Recommended.-David Lee Poremba, Detroit P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.