• Red Road from Stalingrad

  • Recollections of a Soviet Infantryman
  • By: Mansur Abdulin
  • Narrated by: Alex Hyde-White
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (41 ratings)

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Mansur Abdulin fought in the front ranks of the Soviet infantry against the German invaders at Stalingrad, Kursk, and on the banks of the Dnieper. This is his extraordinary story. His vivid firsthand account of a ruthless war on the Eastern Front gives rare insight into the reality of the fighting and into the tactics and mentality of the Red Army's soldiers.

In his own words, and with a remarkable clarity of recall, he describes what combat was like on the ground, face-to-face with a skilled, deadly, and increasingly desperate enemy. The terrifying moments of action, the discomfort of existence at the front, the humorous moments, the absurdities and cruelties of army organization, and the sheer physical and psychological harshness of the campaign - all these aspects of a Soviet soldier's experience during the Great Patriotic War are brought dramatically to life in Mansur Abdulin's memoirs.

The grand strategy of the campaigns across the Eastern Front is less important here than the sequence of brutal and bloody engagements that were the firsthand experience of the common soldier. It is this close-up view of combat that makes Mansur Abdulin's reminiscences of such value.

©2020 Mansur Abdulin (P)2020 Pen and Sword Military

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Memoir of a Soviet soldier fighting the Nazis

The best personal account of the war on the eastern front and the battle of Stalingrad I've read. I actually feel grateful to Mansur Abdulin for writing this. From 1947 onward there has been a flood of stories written by former members of the Wehrmacht, they form a genre with many (too many) enthusiasts in the West. I've found very few from the Russian side. There may be more that were never translated to English due to the Cold War. I hope more exist and they do finally get translated. Abdulin comes off as deeply humane in a way that you can't fake. His attitude toward the enemy is matter-of-fact, never dehumanizing, although he did hate them of course and who wouldn't. On multiple occasions he was just as likely to be killed by his own side as by the Germans as a result of Order 227. For the Russian soldier the war was a living thing that could kill you a million different ways, and Mansur Abdulin witnessed them all.

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One of the best stories, really enjoy every min

One of the best stories, really enjoy every minute.

Goes into details for combact action

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Outstanding Account, Masterfully Presented

There is no substitute for the grit, realism and terror of the front line as told by this Muslim soldier in the Red Army during the Great Patriotic War, in which 27 million Soviet citizens perished. Abdulin's striking testimony is powerfully presented by the British narrator in an unforgettable drama. An essential study for anyone seeking to understand even part of history's mightiest military clash, between Soviet Russia and Nazi Germany.

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thank you Masur Abdulin...

I really wanted to get into this story, however I struggled with having the narrator representing the author on this one.

The Narrator did a fabulous job and I would enjoy many other stories by him but it just did not seem matched well for me here.

Fespite this, i want to thank you Masur for sharing and recording your story for posterity.
Hopefully more records of your compatriots will eventually make their way into English for a Western audience, who seem to be interested but for the most part do not have access.

it would have been helpful if the soviet government had encouraged its veterans to record their stories and great sacrifices soon after the war...

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  • Lee Turner
  • 08-24-21

Excellent details of the Eastern Front barbarity

Really interested in the daily survival of this Siberian soldier who knows he was lucky to survive his battles from Stalingrad to Western Ukraine until his battle wounds

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  • Eagle Quill
  • 02-09-22

Quite excellent story

A rare authoritave account of the Eastern front from a Russian perspective. Rivetting from start to finish. Do not be put off by the length being a little shorter than other books. This is quality over quantity!

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  • A. Abutaleb
  • 03-24-22

Remarkable

Absolute fantastic. Mansur’s personality reminded me of the fictional Zorba the Greek. Anyone interested in knowing the true horrific cost of war should read this. Perhaps, also those who want to survive a war on the front lines…..