Mansur Abdulin fought in the front ranks of the Soviet infantry against the German invaders at Stalingrad and Kursk and on the banks of the Dnieper. His extraordinary inside view of the ruthless war on the Eastern Front gives a rare insight into the reality of the fighting and into the tactics and mentality of the Red Army. In his own words and with remarkable clarity, he describes what combat was like on the ground, face-to-face with a skilled, deadly, and increasingly desperate enemy.
Mansur Abdulin was born in Siberia and volunteered for the Red Army in June 1942. Wounded at the Dnieper River, he worked as a miner after the war and now lives in the Ural Mountains.