Against Destiny by Alexander Dolinin

By Alexander Dolinin

I'm an advid reader of all books concerning the Soviet Gulag. yet this one simply did not minimize the mustard. The characters are one-dimensional, the discussion is stilted, and the descriptions of the camp used to be like a lower and paste from Wikipedia. for you to learn the simplest books, attempt David Littel's "The Revolutionist," Alan Furst's "Night Soldier." This publication is too educational in all its verbiage.

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Vorotnikov turned to face Trofimov, and his lips muttered, “No, no, Trofimov. ” For Trofimov it was a sign that his opponent was vanquished, at least for now. ” He turned to Vorotnikov. “Did you hear what the men said, you bastard? These modest Russian heroes have shown their devotion to our country by fighting the real enemy, not by shooting defenceless teenagers. ” “Yes,” Vorotnikov muttered and motioned for his underlings to release the prisoner. “And remember,” Trofimov continued, “this entire company saw you plead for mercy.

His generation had passed through fire and water, they had seen destruction and retreat, and hundreds of soldiers dying before their eyes. These men were the backbone of the army. Trofimov was a strong man, someone you could rely on, and Liza knew that. Now they had a whole night to themselves. Tomorrow an important battle was in store, an operation to seize back the vital railroad junction of Unecha. Its seizure was crucial for maintaining ammunition supplies to the Red Army troops. It was no surprise that the Germans had fortified all approaches to the station with trenches, barbed wire fences and minefields.

Their task was to penetrate the frontline and strike the Germans from the rear. They crossed the front successfully, losing only two men, and A G A I N S T D E S T I N Y n 37 made their way well into the wild country behind the German lines. Finding an approach to the German defences from the rear, however, proved extremely difficult. Intelligence data on enemy troop concentrations was outdated; evidently the German command had relocated them quite recently. Trofimov sent out a group of scouts, who captured a few locals working in the Polizei.

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