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Istreliteli
07-17-2004, 04:17 PM
I just finished Tank Rider by Evgeni Bessonov, a soviet infantry platoon leader who was in action from Kursk to Berlin. It was a really interesting book and showed the human side of the red army. Interesting to note is that the author states that the he (and the rest of his comrades) number one fear was german air attack, which, he goes on, continued unabbatted on them for the lenghth of the war, sometimes incessantly. He rarely mentions the red air force, except that one time sturmos softened up a hill his squad had to assault and that such things "happened very rarely, as our commander had organized the air attack in conjunction with ours, which usually didnt happen".
Interesting view of teh air war.

Ya sizhu i smotru chuzhoya neba iz chuzhoya okna, i ne vidyem ne odnoi znakom iz zvezdiy,ya hodil po vsyem dorogo iz tuda i suda, a vernusya i ne smog, razgredyet sledi, no isli yest karmane pachka sigaret nachat vsye ne tak uzh plocha na syevodnachniy dyen-Victor Tsoi, Kino (Gruppa Krovi)

Istreliteli
07-17-2004, 04:17 PM
I just finished Tank Rider by Evgeni Bessonov, a soviet infantry platoon leader who was in action from Kursk to Berlin. It was a really interesting book and showed the human side of the red army. Interesting to note is that the author states that the he (and the rest of his comrades) number one fear was german air attack, which, he goes on, continued unabbatted on them for the lenghth of the war, sometimes incessantly. He rarely mentions the red air force, except that one time sturmos softened up a hill his squad had to assault and that such things "happened very rarely, as our commander had organized the air attack in conjunction with ours, which usually didnt happen".
Interesting view of teh air war.

Ya sizhu i smotru chuzhoya neba iz chuzhoya okna, i ne vidyem ne odnoi znakom iz zvezdiy,ya hodil po vsyem dorogo iz tuda i suda, a vernusya i ne smog, razgredyet sledi, no isli yest karmane pachka sigaret nachat vsye ne tak uzh plocha na syevodnachniy dyen-Victor Tsoi, Kino (Gruppa Krovi)

Farkitt_
07-17-2004, 11:03 PM
Sounds worth reading. Is it published in English?

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crazyivan1970
07-17-2004, 11:06 PM
Yeah it`s published in english mate. Good book, a little bit "dry" to my taste. But still a good read. Wife got me bunch of WW2 related books for xmas, i think she`s getting with the program hehe... Tank Rider was one of them.

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CzechTexan
07-18-2004, 01:40 AM
Yes i've been wanting to get it when i have time to read it. You can get it at any major book store or online for about $25


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LEXX_Luthor
07-18-2004, 01:50 AM
Okay, I believe it now.

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