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Forgotten Bastards of the Eastern Front by Serhii Plokhy

Forgotten Bastards of the Eastern Front: An Untold Story of World War II

Serhii Plokhy

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2 reviews

Category: History, Non-fiction
Imprint: Allen Lane
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication date: 3 Oct 2019
ISBN: 9780241404560

A riveting story of World War II from the author of Chernobyl, winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize for non-fiction In November 1943, with the outcome of the Second World War hanging in the balance, the Allies needed a new plan

5 stars out of 5
Roger Lewis
1 Dec 2019

"If Forgotten Bastards makes me very queasy, it’s because, 70 years on, everyone is still squaring up to each other."

In less skilled hands than Plokhy’s, the US shuttle bombing operations (known to military historians as Operation Frantic) might have seemed nothing more than a glorified footnote. In fact, the theme emerging from this brilliantly researched book is that the Cold War was already brewing in 1944. If Forgotten Bastards makes me very queasy, it’s because, 70 years on, everyone is still squaring up to each other. There is still a feeling of unfinished business.

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5 stars out of 5
25 Oct 2019

"Plokhy is an expert guide through these murky waters, marshalling the archival and memoir material skilfully and telling his story with flair"

Plokhy is an expert guide through these murky waters, marshalling the archival and memoir material skilfully and telling his story with flair. In his wider assertion of the significance of the episode to the history of the Cold War, he is hard to contradict. At the Frantic bases, the naive American assumption of shared values, beyond the defeat of a common enemy, began to evaporate. It was there that ordinary Americans first came face to face with the realities of communist tyranny.