From Leningrad to Hungary: Notes of a Red Army Soldier, 1941-1946

From Leningrad to Hungary: Notes of a Red Army Soldier, 1941-1946

From Leningrad to Hungary: Notes of a Red Army Soldier, 1941-1946

From Leningrad to Hungary: Notes of a Red Army Soldier, 1941-1946

Synopsis

This is a chronological narrative of the experiences of Evgenii Moniushko, who lived through and survived the first year of the siege of Leningrad and who served as a junior officer in the Red Army during the last 18 months of war and the first year of the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia and Hungary.

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David M. Glantz

In terms of the scope, scale, and ferocity of the fighting, the staggering human and material costs incurred, as well as the impact it had on the course of the war as a whole, arguably no combat during the Second World War was more decisive than that which took place on the Soviet-German front. With the possible exception of the China theater, no theater of war exacted a greater human toll than the Soviet-German theater of war. As a gruesome measure of this conflict's intensity, out of over 30 million Soviet soldiers who served in the Red Army during this immense struggle, well over 8.9 million perished on the field of battle or in German prisoner-of-war or labor camps. Tragically, while death prevented many Red Army soldiers from sharing their experiences with the generations that followed, the Soviet Union's political system prevented most of the many millions of soldiers who survived the ordeal of war from telling their stories as well.

Today, after passing decades have muted the voices of too many of these survivors, a precious few have finally overcome their own personal inhibitions and the pervasive political constraints restricting them from putting pen to paper to share their recollections of this terrible war with succeeding generations. To date, none has done so more eloquently than Evgenii Dmitrievich Moniushko, a young lad who began the war in the city of Leningrad, who survived the terrible siege of that city, and emerged at war's end as a senior lieutenant in the victorious Red Army.

Moniushko's memories of his long personal hegira form an accurate, immensely personal, human, and often touching mosaic portraying civilian life in the wartime Soviet Union and military service in the Red Army during the war. Beginning with his grueling trials during the Germans' siege of Lenin's namesake city, Moniushko survived that cauldron of misery and death by escaping across the waters of Lake Ladoga on the famous “Road of Life” and became a refugee of war in distant Siberia. After reaching military age at mid-war, Moniushko was conscripted as an officer cadet in an artillery academy in Tomsk and, after his graduation, served a precarious and dangerous existence as a junior officer in an

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