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Antony Beevor

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British historian Antony Beevor was born on December 14, 1946. He was educated at Winchester College and Sandhurst and studied under the well-known World War Two historian, John Keegan. Beevor was an officer with the 11th Hussars for five years before becoming a writer. His works have received näytä lisää awards including the Runciman Prize, the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Wolfson Prize for History, and the Hawthornden Prize for Literature. The French government made him a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1997, and in 2008 the president of Estonia awarded him the Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana. In 1999 Beevor was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He received the 2014 Pritzker Military Museum and Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing. In 2015 he made The New Zealand Best Seller List with his title Ardennes 1944: Hitler's Last Gamble. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän

Tekijän teokset

Stalingrad (1998) 4,215 kappaletta
Berliini 1945 (2002) — Tekijä — 3,077 kappaletta
Toinen maailmansota (2012) — Tekijä — 1,285 kappaletta
Pariisi miehityksen jälkeen 1944–1949 (1994) — Tekijä — 588 kappaletta
Taistelu Kreetasta (1991) 566 kappaletta
Venäjän vallankumous ja sisällissota (2022) — Tekijä — 345 kappaletta
Olga Tšehovan arvoitus (2003) 330 kappaletta
Christmas at Stalingrad (2005) 60 kappaletta
Inside the British Army (1990) 35 kappaletta
Teine maailmasõda. [II köide] (2013) 15 kappaletta

Associated Works

Nainen Berliinissä : päiväkirja 20.4.-22.6.1945 (1954) — Johdanto, eräät painokset1,852 kappaletta
A Writer at War. Vasily Grossman with the Red Army 1941-1945 (2005) — Kääntäjä, eräät painokset1,040 kappaletta
Absolute Monarchs: A History of the Papacy (2011) — Esipuhe, eräät painokset900 kappaletta
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Autumn 1998 (1998) — Author "Stalingrad" — 13 kappaletta
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Summer 2002 (2002) — Author "Assault on the Reichstag" — 5 kappaletta

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Indeholder "Kort og illustrationer", "Indledning", "1. Krigens udbrud", "2. 'Masseødelæggelsen af Polen'", "3. Fra spøgelseskrig til Blitzkrieg", "4. Dragen og Den Opgående Sol", "5. Norge og Danmark", "6. Stormløbet i vest", "7. Frankrigs fald", "8. Operation Seelöwe og Slaget om England", "9. Efterdønninger", "10. Hitlers krig på Balkan", "11. Afrika og Atlanten", "12. Barbarossa", "13. Rassenkrieg", "14. Den store alliance", "15. Slaget om oskva", "16. Pearl Harbor", "17. Kina og Filippinerne", "18. Krig rundt om i verden", "19. Wannsee og SS-arkipelaget", "20. Den japanske okkupation og Slaget om Midway", "21. Nederlag i ørkenen", "22. Fall Blau - et nyt Barbarossa", "23. Kampene i Stillehavet", "24. Stalingrad", "25. Alamain og Torch", "26. Det sydlige Rusland og Tunesien", "27. Casablanca, Kharkov og Tunis", "28. Europa bag pigtråd", "29. Slaget om Atlanterhavet og strategisk bombning", "30. Stillehavet, Kina og Burma", "31. Slaget om Kursk", "32. Fra Sicilien til Italien", "33. Ukraine og Teherankonferencen", "34. Shoah med gas", "35. Italien - det hårde underliv", "36. Den sovjetiske forårsoffensiv", "37. Stillehavet, Kina og Burma", "38. Håbefuldt forår", "39. Bagration og Normandiet", "40. Berlin, Warszawa og Paris", "41. Ichigooffensiven og Leyte", "42. Uindfriede håb", "43. Ardennerne og Athen", "44. Fra Wiala til Oder", "45. Filippinerne, Iwo-jima, Okinawa, Angreb på Tokyo", "46. Jalta, Dresdan, Königsberg", "47. Amerikanerne ved Elben", "48. Berlinoperationen", "49. De dødes byer", "50. Atombomberne og undertvingelsen af Japan", "Tak", "Noter", "Register".

Et samlet værk om anden verdenskrig. Forfatteren har tidligere skrevet hele bøger om dele af historien. Men at Nikita Khrusjtjov kaldte marskal Kliment Vorosjilov (Климент Ефремович Ворошилов) for den største sæk lort i hæren havde jeg ikke læst før. Japanerne mistede 61000 mand ved slaget ved Khalkhin Gol og det ændrede deres holdninger til om man skulle angribe Sovjetunionen. Lommeslagskibet Admiral Graf Spee, der bliver beskadiget ved Montevideo og bliver sænket af chefen Hans Langsdorff selv. Finsk vinterkrig og Белая смерть. Japansk militarisme og opdragelse til lydighed selv overfor absurde og grusomme ordrer. Maj 1940 kaos i engelsk og fransk forsvar mod Hitlers lynkrig. Frankrigs forsvar var ikke godt forberedt, så landet falder så hurtigt at Hitler dårlig tør tro på sit held. De britiske tropper må efterlade deres udstyr, lade sig evakuere fra Dunkerque og endda være glade til. De franske tropper og deres ledelse er ikke begejstrede. Fra 18 maj til 3 juni får man evakueret 338000 soldater, heraf 193000 britiske og resten franskmænd. Der er stadig britiske tropper på fransk jord, men det lakker mod enden. En flygtningestrøm på måske otte millioner gør ikke betingelserne nemmere for at føre krig mod tyskerne. Slaget om England er lige om hjørnet. Hitler er begejstret over den nemme sejr over Frankrig men det egentlige mål er England. Churchill vil kæmpe videre og giver ordre til at neutralisere den franske flåde. Luftwaffe har lidt store tab og har brug for tid til at genopbygge. Göring har dårlige efterretninger at basere sig på og tror at det er nemt at rende Royal Airforce over ende, men bliver klogere. Stalin havde håbet at Hitler ville blive bundet i en kamp med Frankrig, men i stedet har Wehrmacht overtaget masser af køretøjer og våben. Japan vinder frem og Italien forsøger sig med Grækenland og får bank. Tyskerne napper Kreta fordi englænderne og navnlig Freyberg dummer sig og lader en enkelt lufthavn blive erobret. Man tyskerne lider store tab. Roosevelt har indset truslen fra Hitler og starter med at bygge flyvemaskiner i stor stil. Og hans general George C: Marshall får ham også til at bygge hæren op tilsvarende. Rigtige divisioner og ikke halv størrelse som de italienske. Lend-Lease er hård kost for englænderne, men de har ikke rigtig noget valg, hvis de ikke vil gå rabundus. HMS Hood går tabt, men til gengæld får de sænket Bismarck.
Operation Barbarossa går igang, godt hjulpet af Stalins ignorering af advarsler om at tyskerne forbereder invasionen. Den første dag, 22 juni 1941 mister Luftwaffe 35 fly og Sovjetunionen ca 1800. Tyskerne stormer ind og NKVD likviderer fanger i fængslerne, så tyskerne ikke kan rekruttere dem. Men Sovjet er et stort land og vinteren bliver kold.

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bnielsen | 36 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 27, 2024 |
Another masterly tone by Sir Antony Beevor. D-Day covers the battle for Normandy and onwards to the Liberation of Paris, and while at times the sheer amount of information Beevor provides on battle formations and tank movements can overwhelm you, what sets Beevor apart from other military historians is his ability to find the personal moments of combatants amongst the carnage of large scale war.

This is my sixth Beevor book, and I am impatient to move towards Berlin, like General Patton, with great haste.… (lisätietoja)
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MiaCulpa | 35 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 27, 2024 |
Very good book about a very bloody chapter of WW2. Starting from the initial German attack on Russia, initial successes and breakthroughs to finally settling on German 6th Army and attack on Stalingrad we follow deterioration of German military might and ever growing Soviet pressure that would start the major push westwards [that will end in Berlin itself].

Author shows the destruction Germans left in their wake, collusion between army and SS troops tasked with extermination of Slavs and creating the space for future German settlers and duplicity of German generals in these matters (Paulus and Manstein especially). All of this caused a very stubborn resistance (even suicidal in some areas) from Soviet Red Army and partisans troops. Not because they were fighting Germans as Germans but because they were fighting for the very survival. After initial heavy defeats it was clear what Germans had in mind for the entire country. Soviets weren't fighting for Stalinism as such, but organized around Stalin because he was the only rally point available. And it is not that Germans gave much other choice than to fight by tooth and nail.

Where author meanders and then stutters is unavoidable romantic depiction of German armies. This approach to history is a blot on historical cover of WW2 especially from western (and western influenced) countries. Germans by the end of the book are treated as defenders of Stalingrad (!) I mean what? And then there is cliche depiction of Soviets and Russians as ordinary peasants, always drinking, and always lacking something, led by merciless officers, sacrificing huge number of people to stop the Germans.
On the other side only Romanians are depicted as savages [even for their own troops], echo of very brutal feudal times. All other German allies that participated in this conflict - Hungarians, Austrians, contingents from area of Yugoslavia, even Slovaks (this surprised me a lot) - are always poetic souls (same as Germans) to the level it had me vomiting every so often.

What I find interesting is that in majority of books I read this idea that great Soviet casualties were not necessary. I am truly trying to figure out how they came to this conclusion - what was the other option? Surrender and vanish? Because when one fights for mere survival is it strange that drastic measures are used? They are bloody, but they worked - once front stabilized and industry was in full war footing, German armies were running back and at the end Germany was ruined. After Germans tried so much to touch, alter and end life of everyone in Soviet Union is it strange that Soviets decided to return the favor? Events that took place during German advancement were so final, literal point of no return, that to expect anything else but bloody revenge was wishful thinking (and Germans were aware of this).

Should we feel sorry for German army of WW2? No. They were treated in the same way they treated nations they conquered and brutalized during the 6 year period. They got what they deserved and it is truly sad that their ideals (and dehumanizing of the East) are again used and glorified in our times, 80 years later, not just by general propaganda but by the very German nation (that German sociologist/historian explaining on TV how Russians do not have same set of values as rest of Europe because they are Asian "mix" - bliiiimeeeeey! Disgusting).

Despite these shortcomings (which are to be honest shortcomings of majority of popular books in the western historical circles related to Eastern front (unfortunately more critical and objective books exist from 1960s but were never as popular as pro-German line)) book contains a lot of details on ordinary soldier's view of war and utter devastation of Stalingrad through available mail correspondence and diaries found on dead bodies after the major battles. This gives this very brutal theater of military operations a touch of humanity and shows how devastating war truly is (again something that was forgotten after these 80 years).

Recommended.
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Zare | 61 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 23, 2024 |

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