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Stalin's Defectors: How Red Army Soldiers became Hitler's Collaborators, 1941-1945

Mark Edele


Stalin’s Defectors is the first systematic study of the phenomenon of front-line surrender to the Germans in the Soviet Union’s ‘Great Patriotic War’ against the Nazis in 1941–5. No other Allied army in the Second World War had such a large share of defectors among its prisoners of war. Based on a broad range of sources, this book investigates the extent, the context, the scenarios, the reasons, the aftermath, and the historiography of front-line defection. It shows that the most widespread sentiment animating attempts to cross the front line was a wish to survive this war. Disgruntlement with ... More

Keywords: Red Army, Wehrmacht, Second World War, prisoners of war (POWs), collaboration, defection, deserters, military history, cultural history, social history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198798156
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198798156.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Edele, author
Professor of History and Australian Research Council Future Fellow, The University of Western Australia