Stalin's Secret War - The NKVD on the Eastern Front, by Rupert Butler
Book published by Pen and Sword in 2010, 194 pages. Hardback with Dust Jacket (N4781)
Brand New Book
The use of terror has been a characteristic of Russia from the days of the Tsars - the Okhrana was the oppressive police force of the Romanovs, and then came the Cheka, the OGPU, SMERSH and the NKVD - organisations that used terror to control every aspect of military and civilian life....
So, during the Great Patriotic War, Soviet soldiers and citizens feared not only the Germans but the tentacles of the secret police. To maintain iron discipline in the face of the German onslaught, to root out dissent and defeatism and to counter the threat of treachery and collaboration, the agents of the NKVD waged a merciless campaign against their own people, and the full extent of this extraordinary wartime operation is told in Rupert Butler's compelling study.