Jonathan Dimbleby - Barbarossa
Jonathan will be in conversation with Roger Moorhouse, an internationally acclaimed and award-winning historian. He is the author of a number of best-selling books about the Second World War, including First To Fight and The Devils' Alliance.
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|Date||Wednesday 21st April 2021|
Barbarossa - £25
Barbarossa, Hitler's invasion of Russia in June 1941, was the largest military operation in history, its aim nothing less than 'a war of extermination' to annihilate Soviet communism, liquidate the Jews and create lebensraum for the so-called German master race. But it led to the destruction of the Third Reich, and was entirely cataclysmic; in six months of warfare no fewer than six million were killed, wounded or registered as missing in action, and soldiers on both sides committed heinous crimes behind the lines on a scale without parallel in the history of warfare.
In Barbarossa, drawing on hitherto unseen archival material - including previously untranslated Russian sources - in his usual gripping style, Jonathan Dimbleby recounts not only the story of the military campaign, but the politics and diplomacy behind this epic clash of global titans. With authority and panache, he charts the crucial decisions made in the world's capitals and the bitter struggles on the front lines, giving vivid insights into the experiences of all players, from the leaders on all sides to the men and women on the ground. Above all, Dimbleby reveals the significance of 1941 - the year in which the Soviet Union destroyed Hitler's chance of realising his demented vision - as the most important struggle in the annals of the twentieth century. The definitive book on Barbarossa, this is a masterwork for the ages.
‘A chilling account of war at its worst’ Bear Grylls
‘A great read. Dimbleby gives an excellent account of the relationships between the leaders and, thanks to a wide range of sources, an authentic sense of the military experience... he brings Barbarossa very vividly to life, as if you are there’ Robert Kershaw
‘With his customary literary flair and capacity to master and mobilize very many and varied sources, Jonathan Dimbleby gives us the best single-volume account of the Barbarossa campaign to date’ Andrew Roberts
‘Like a fast-moving juggernaut of horror, Dimbleby's Barbarossa is a page-turning descent into Hell and back. Part warning, part fable, but all too true, this fresh and compelling account of Hitler's failed invasion of the Soviet Union should be on everyone's reading list for 2021’Dr Amanda Foreman
‘Jonathan Dimbleby rightly identifies the last six months of 1941 – following Hitler's invasion of the Soviet Union – as the fulcrum on which the history of twentieth century Europe turns. It's a vital story, one everyone should know, and Dimbleby tells it with verve and elan’ Laurence Rees
About the Author
Jonathan Dimbleby is the author of the highly-acclaimed Second World War histories The Battle of the Atlantic and Destiny in the Desert: The Road to El Alamein, which was followed by his BBC 2 programme Churchill's Desert War. His other books include, Russia: A Journey to the Heart of a Land and Its People, Richard Dimbleby: A Biography, The Palestinians, The Prince of Wales: A Biography and The Last Governor. He was the chairman of BBC Radio 4's weekly Any Questions? programme and presented ITV's flagship weekly political programme, This Week, for over ten years.