1st ed., 1969. Xi + 304 pp., 5 maps. D.j., 22 x 14cm. V.G. Marshal Georgi K. Zhukov was the greatest Russian military commander of the Second World War, and arguably of his day, but Kremlin politics meant his fame and exploits were minimised for many years. Later Marshal Zhukov attempted to set the military record straight publishing lengthy articles in which he presented his own versions of the most important battles in which he was engaged in World War II – the battles of Moscow, Stalingrad, Kursk-Orel and Berlin. In this book he gave hard-edged pictures of the conflicts between himself and Stalin and the terrible decisions which had to be made and he answered back sharply to his critics – rival marshals like Chuikov and Konev. This book is not only military history told for the first time but also a personal document of great historical importance.