Ivan Yakushin survived the Siege of Leningrad, fought at the Battle of Kursk and pursued the retreating German army through Russia, Belorussia, Poland and into Germany itself. His vivid recollections of his experiences as an artillery man, then a cavalry officer on the Eastern Front that are at the heart of this rare memoir. He describes what combat was actually like for ordinary Soviet soldiers, and his detailed, firsthand record of cavalry operations during this highly mechanised war gives his book its special value.
ON THE ROADS OF WAR A Soviet Cavalryman on the Eastern Front
This personal memoir by a Soviet subaltern, contains vivid descriptions of life in a Guards Cavalry Division, the importance of horses, the way the Red Army dealt with disciplinary issues at the lowest level, combat, fear, and death.