By Robert Service
The truth is particularly varied, as this masterful and compelling biography finds.
Revolutionary practitioner, theorist, factional leader, gleaming author, 'ladies' man' (e.g., his affair with Frieda Kahlo), icon of the Revolution, anti-Jewish Jew, thinker of daily life, grand seigneur of his loved ones, father and hunted sufferer, Trotsky lived an excellent lifestyles in amazing instances.
Robert provider attracts on hitherto unexamined information and on his profound realizing of Russian historical past to attract a portrait of the guy and his legacy, revealing that although his fans have represented Trotsky as a natural innovative soul and a strong mind unjustly hounded into exile through Stalin and his henchmen.
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Railway communications were being seriously disrupted so that supplies were not getting through, and ammunition states were running low. Most serious of all was the lack of motor fuel of all kinds, greatly restricting the number of armoured vehicles available for combat. Disrupted communications included the troops’ mail, which clearly had an effect on their morale. Those whose homes had not already been overrun had the worry of the continued bombing of the cities and the Western Allies encroaching from the west.
4 General Theodor Busse, commanding the German 9th Army, was aware of Koniev’s success to his south. He later wrote of this: On the evening of 17 April there was already a threat to our own far southern flank, which in a short time became such as to cause a withdrawal. Again HQ 9th Army, fully supported by Army Group, tried to reach the OKH with the plea that, because of the 9th Army’s situation and in order to be able to hold on firmly to the boundary with the 3rd Panzer Army, it would be necessary to pull back before the front collapsed.
29 NOTES 1. Zhukov, Reminiscences and Reflections, pp. 366–7. 2. Ziemke, Battle for Berlin, p. 83. 3. Koniev, Year of Victory, p. 105. 4. , pp. 197–8. 5. Busse, ‘Die letzte Schlacht der 9. Armee’, p. 165. 6. Chuikov, The End of the Third Reich, p. 164, 7. Busse, ‘Die letzte Schlacht der 9. Armee’, p. 165. 8. Koniev, Year of Victory, pp. 111–12. 9. A. Roldugin, quoted in the Kreisleitung Jüterbog booklet, p. 50. 10. Von Luck, Gefangener meiner Zeit, p. 272, Tieke, Das Ende zwischen Oder und Elbe, pp.
Trotsky: A Biography by Robert Service