The Moscow Times reported on 12 October that ‘Russia’s Defense Ministry will deploy a special scholarly unit to its central archive to defend against “falsifications” in accounts of the Soviet Red Army’s conduct during World War II. . . According to Interfax, the new special companies of information warriors – who will combat historical narratives such as those forwarded by Beevor – will be formed of young specialists in history, social sciences and related humanities subjects’.
Ardennes 1944 was on the final selection of the 2015 Prix Medicis in France.
Ardennes 1944 – The Battle of the Bulge
From the bestselling author of Stalingrad, Berlin and D-Day, Antony Beevor’s Ardennes 1944: Battle of the Bulge tells the story of the Germany’s ill-fated final stand.
On 16 December, 1944, Hitler launched his ‘last gamble’ in the snow-covered forests and gorges of the Ardennes. He believed he could split the Allies by driving all the way to Antwerp, then force the Canadians and the British out of the war. Although his generals were doubtful of success, younger officers and NCOs were desperate to believe that their homes and families could be saved from the vengeful Red Army approaching from the east. Many were exultant at the prospect of striking back.