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Forgotten Bastards of the Eastern Front: An Untold Story of World War II

Forgotten Bastards of the Eastern Front: An Untold Story of World War II (Hardback)

By Plokhy, Serhii

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In November 1943, with the outcome of the Second World War hanging in the balance, the Allies needed a new plan. The Americans' audacious suggestion to the Soviets was to open a second air front, with the US Air Force establishing bases in Soviet-controlled territory. Despite Sta...lin's obvious reservations about the presence of foreign troops in Russia, he was persuaded, and in early 1944 and Operation Baseball and then Frantic were initiated as B-17 Superfortresses were flown from bases in Italy to the Poltova region in today's Ukraine. Award-winning historian Serhii Plokhy tells the gripping, little-known story of this encounter between American and Soviet soldiers and how their collaboration quickly fell apart, mirroring the transition from the Grand Alliance to the Cold War. Soviet secret policemen watched over the Americans, shadowing their every move. A catastrophic air raid by the Germans revealed the limitations of Soviet air defences. As their initial enthusiasm turned into disappointment, the American soldiers started calling themselves the Forgotten Bastards of Ukraine. Ultimately, no common purpose could overcome their cultural and political differences. Drawing on newly opened Russian archives as well as CIA records, Forgotten Bastards of the Eastern Front offers a riveting bottom-up history one of the Second World War's most unlikely alliances.
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ISBN 9780241404560
Released NZ 3 Oct 2019
Publisher Penguin
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780241404560
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Allen Lane
Released 3 Oct 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Plokhy, Serhii
Category World History: From C 1900 -
World History: Second World War
European History
Military History
Air Forces & Warfare
Battles & Campaigns
Military Vehicles
Number of Pages 368
Dimensions Width: 162mm
Height: 240mm
Spine: 35mm
Dewey Code 940.54217
Weight 632g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress World War, 1939-1945 - Campaigns - Eastern Front, World War, 1939-1945 - Aerial operations, American, World War, 1939-1945 - Aerial operations, Soviet, United States - Military relations - Soviet Union, Soviet Union - Military relations - United States
NBS Text Military History
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education;Professional and scholarly