Re: "Ivan's War, 1939-1945"
She did make reference to the "Trained Reserves" Stalin had held back at the start, but not specifically, yet anyway.
She also makes a good point that the NKVD and the "political officers" censored and confiscated MANY diaries and letters home that did not toe the party line "Everything is fine-Fritzes are Animals and can't take the cold-we are winning-every Soviet who has died (not many!) are heroes of the Motherland..."
AND since the Soviets NEVER THREW ANYTHING AWAY, and especially kept anything that might someday be "evidence..."
She is speculating that SOMEWHERE in the former USSR there are drums or filing cabinets or boxes stored away and still classified that contain MILLIONS of anecdotal stories of what the soldiers REALLY saw and experienced on the front, that SOMEDAY will be found by researchers....
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