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Hero of the Soviet Union Dmitriy Loza has carefully crafted his World War II experiences with U.S.-provided Sherman tanks into a highly readable memoir. Between the fall of 1943 and August 1945, Loza fought in the Ukraine, Romania, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and Austria. He commanded a tank battalion during much of this period and had three Shermans shot out from under him. Hero of the Soviet Union Dmitriy Loza has carefully crafted his World War II experiences with U.S.-provided Sherman tanks into a highly readable memoir. Between the fall of 1943 and August 1945, Loza fought in the Ukraine, Romania, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and Austria. He commanded a tank battalion during much of this period and had three Shermans shot out from under him. Loza’s unit participated in such well-known combat actions as the Korsun-Shevchenkovskiy Operation, the Jassy-Kishenev Operation, and the battles for Budapest, Vienna, and Prague. Following the German surrender, Loza’s unit was sent to Mongolia, where it participated in the arduous trek across the Gobi Desert to attack the Japanese Kwantung Army in Manchuria. This is the first available detailed examination of the Red Army’s exploitation of U.S. war matériel during World War II and one of the first genuine memoirs available from the Russian front. Loza also provides firsthand testimony on tactical command decisions, group objectives and how they were accomplished, and Soviet use of combat equipment and intelligence. Only after the collapse of the USSR and concomitant relaxing of prohibitions against publication of materials related to the Lend-Lease Program there could this account be made available.


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Hero of the Soviet Union Dmitriy Loza has carefully crafted his World War II experiences with U.S.-provided Sherman tanks into a highly readable memoir. Between the fall of 1943 and August 1945, Loza fought in the Ukraine, Romania, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and Austria. He commanded a tank battalion during much of this period and had three Shermans shot out from under him. Hero of the Soviet Union Dmitriy Loza has carefully crafted his World War II experiences with U.S.-provided Sherman tanks into a highly readable memoir. Between the fall of 1943 and August 1945, Loza fought in the Ukraine, Romania, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and Austria. He commanded a tank battalion during much of this period and had three Shermans shot out from under him. Loza’s unit participated in such well-known combat actions as the Korsun-Shevchenkovskiy Operation, the Jassy-Kishenev Operation, and the battles for Budapest, Vienna, and Prague. Following the German surrender, Loza’s unit was sent to Mongolia, where it participated in the arduous trek across the Gobi Desert to attack the Japanese Kwantung Army in Manchuria. This is the first available detailed examination of the Red Army’s exploitation of U.S. war matériel during World War II and one of the first genuine memoirs available from the Russian front. Loza also provides firsthand testimony on tactical command decisions, group objectives and how they were accomplished, and Soviet use of combat equipment and intelligence. Only after the collapse of the USSR and concomitant relaxing of prohibitions against publication of materials related to the Lend-Lease Program there could this account be made available.

37 review for Commanding the Red Army's Sherman Tanks: The World War II Memoirs of Hero of the Soviet Union Dmitriy Loza

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alberto Albanese

    Great collection of episodic memoirs from the front of a gritty war. Easy to access, simple to understand even without technical knowledge and great for people with and without some martial and military knowledge. Tells the story of a lesser known and celebrated relationship between men and machines

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tom Allman

    I initially tracked this book down because I was fascinated by the accounts of the Eastern Front during the Second World War. I had read from multiple sources about the amount of equipment that the United States had sent to her allies prior to our full time involvement in the conflict. Anyone who is somewhat familiar with Soviet accounts will know that the official diatribe paints a somewhat unflattering picture of our contribution. I know the reasons behind the accounts. The fine folks that lab I initially tracked this book down because I was fascinated by the accounts of the Eastern Front during the Second World War. I had read from multiple sources about the amount of equipment that the United States had sent to her allies prior to our full time involvement in the conflict. Anyone who is somewhat familiar with Soviet accounts will know that the official diatribe paints a somewhat unflattering picture of our contribution. I know the reasons behind the accounts. The fine folks that labored to produce lend-lease equipment are now passed. I think that they deserve better. Dmitriy Loza is no Tolstoy or Pushkin. He is a soldier, and a damn good one. Given a tough situation, he bitches for five minutes then does what a good soldier does, adapts and overcomes. The prose and pithy political commentary may be lacking but the soldierly good humor and the honest accounting of the good and bad about the M4 Sherman tank is here. If you are looking for a historical account of the Eastern Front, look elsewhere. If you are interested in a Tanker's account of the Sherman, read this no nonsense book. Extremely easy to read and full of excellent anecdotes it reads like a collection of Sea Stories. Track it down at your local Library. If you are interested in modelling there are several excellent pictures as well.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Norbert

    Different stories from a soviet Sherman tanker - some funny, some not. Interesting, for the most part

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