Russia’s Last Gasp looks at one of the bloodiest campaigns launched in the history of warfare – the Brusilov Offensive, sometimes known as the June Advance. The assault was intended to ease the pressure on Russia’s British and French allies by diverting German troops from the Western Front and knocking Austria-Hungary out of the war. Russia’s dismal military performance in the preceding years was forgotten, as the Brusilov Offensive was quickly characterised by innovative tactics, including the use of shock troops, a strategy that German armies would later adapt to great effect. Drawing on firsthand accounts and detailed archival research, this is a dramatic retelling of the final years of the war on the Eastern Front, in which the Russian Army claimed military success but at a terrible cost.
RUSSIA’S LAST GASP The Eastern Front 1916-17
The story of the Great War in the East is, in the end, the story of how Tsarist Russia finally came to an end this excellent title chronicles the internal contradictions of the Romanov state in the final months before the abdication of Nicholas II. Dr. Buttar gives thorough examination to previously ignored campaigns such as the Austrian “Black-Yellow Offensive”, that largely failed, and the Russian “Brusilov Offensive,” that, initially at least, succeeded spectacularly. The “June Advance” of June to September 1916 was the Russian Empire’s greatest feat of arms during World War I, and among the most lethal offensives in world history.
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