Russia's Heroes 1941-45/Albert Axell
CITATION: Liebenberg, I. 2011. Russia's Heroes 1941-45/Albert Axell. Scientia Militaria, South African Journal of Military Studies, 39(2):152-159, doi:10.5787/39-2-118.
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It is seldom that one comes across a work where history-writing and qualitative research meet succinctly. Add to this an author who communicates crisply and relates real-life narratives that capture and hold the reader’s attention. This is such a work. The author read history but did more than that. Since 1960, Axell has interviewed dozens of veterans of all genders, from soldiers to marshals, who took part in the battles on the Eastern Front. Through his reading of history, close acquaintanceship with the Soviet Union and Russian-speaking society, and multiple interviews, Axell brings the experience of the individual and group up close and personal.