Ian Allan, 1st ed., 2000. 256 pp., frontis., + numerous photo-ills., + some plans. D.j., 26 x 20cm. Nr.FINE. The author examines Hitler’s campaign to invade Russia in Operation Barbarossa between 1941 and 1942 largely through the eyes of the ordinary German soldier or junior officer. He draws on German war diaries, post-combat reports and secret SS files monitoring and observing German home-front perceptions and reactions to the course of the campaign. This original material, much of it previously unpublished in English, sheds new light on Operation Barbarossa, including the extent to which the German soldiers were genuinely surprised at the decision to attack Russia, given the well-publicised non-aggression pact. The author also reveals hitherto unappreciated factors influencing the campaign’s eventual outcome.