Books: Slaughter on the Plains

Moscow (318 pp.)−Theodor Plievier−Doubleday ($3.95).

That D-day on June 22, 1941 was like so many other German D-days: a complete pushover. Lying at the edge of the woods with his infantry platoon only 20 yards from the Bug River, Corporal Gnotke saw the small Russian-held village on the other side pulverized in a matter of minutes by German planes and guns. When the infantry attacked, there was no resistance, only dazed old people and the smell of burning flesh. As a newly arrived lieutenant had reflected the night before: "The Führer can work wonders."

Before German Novelist Theodor Plievier brings Moscow to a...

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