By Marc Favreau
The main harmful struggle in human background, global battle II keeps to generate an astonishingly wealthy trove of historic fabric, writings, and first-person reminiscences, that are necessary to any appreciation of this such a lot pivotal of ancient events.
A People's heritage of worldwide warfare II brings the total diversity of human event in the course of international warfare II to existence via probably the most bright money owed and photographs on hand anyplace. This concise and obtainable quantity contains first-person interviews via Studs Terkel; infrequent archival pictures from the place of work of battle details assortment; propaganda comics from Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss); narratives of wartime stories from writers together with historian Howard Zinn, civil rights activist Robert L. Carter, and celebrated French writer Marguerite Duras; and choices from the writings of a few of the world’s major historians of the warfare, together with John Dower, Philippe Burrin, David Wyman, and Eric Hobsbawm.
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This present study contains many references to his meticulous scholarship. During the Soviet era his options for research and publication were limited. 22 In October 1983, I presented him with a rare copy of a Russian translation of Harrison Salisbury’s monumental account of the blockade, The 900 Days, the original English version of which was available in Leningrad only in the restricted “special holdings” of one or two libraries and on the black market. After he read the book, he told me then that his only major criticism of it was that he strongly doubted the veracity of its few brief descriptions of cannibalism.
In early 1941, Stalin, Marshal Grigory Kulik, who was chief of the Main Artillery Administration, and Zhdanov decided to replace the 76-millimeter gun with a 107-millimeter one, mainly because they felt that the larger gun had performed well in the Civil War. However useful the 107-millimeter gun may have been for artillery use, it was not practical for tank use. Boris Vannikov, narkom of weaponry, told Zhdanov that he was disarming the Red Army by replacing the 76-millimeter gun. Vannikov was arrested on 7 June for his protest but reemerged as deputy head of the weaponry commissariat in August 1941.
By 1941, several of the gorkom’s sixteen departments, including military, defense and aviation industry, machine construction, shipbuilding, and electricity and electronics, dealt primarily with matters pertaining to defense and war. 17 Changes in production at the massive Kirov plant, which with thirty-nine thousand employees by 1941 was one of the nation’s largest factories, illustrate Stalin’s rushed and erratic campaign to boost production of war matériel. In May 1940, two months after the costly war with Finland had ended, the factory began manufacturing the sixty-ton KV tank (named for Marshal Kliment Voroshilov, who in fact was fired from the post of defense commissar that very month for his failures in the Winter War), which carried a 76-millimeter gun also produced at the factory.
A People's History of World War II: The World's Most Destructive Conflict, As Told By the People Who Lived Through It (New Press People's History) by Marc Favreau