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Skilled in the Tactics of 1870

N.A.M. Rodger: So many ships and fleets and armies

27 January 2020
The War for the Seas: A Maritime History of World War Two 
by Evan Mawdsley.
Yale, 557 pp., £25, August 2019, 978 0 300 19019 9
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... and navy, had to build a wall dividing its factory in two in order to ensure that there was no possible contact between the air forces of each body.)Most of these facts and judgments are taken from EvanMawdsley’s new book, and can be confirmed by reference to other modern authorities, but they may surprise if they do not upset many readers who have been brought up on different narratives ...

Who gets the dacha?

Sheila Fitzpatrick: Marshal Zhukov

24 January 2013
Stalin’s General: The Life of Georgy Zhukov 
by Geoffrey Roberts.
Icon, 375 pp., £25, August 2012, 978 1 84831 442 9
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... unusual patronymic (Dievna) as if it were her surname and misspelling Margarita’s mother’s last name (Volokhova, not Volkhova). As he rather endearingly tells us, his friend and colleague EvanMawdsley, on whose military history of World War Two he draws extensively, saved him from an even greater solecism, namely mistranslating gimnazistka. As anyone with an even passing familiarity with ...

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