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Operation Barbarossa: Jonathan Dimbleby in conversation with James Holland

Writer, broadcaster, TV presenter and film-maker Jonathan Dimbleby talks about his eagerly awaited historical blockbuster Barbarossa.

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Thursday 15th April, 2021 @ 6:30 pm

  • In Conversation
  • Online event
  • Questions & Answers

10-25

About the Event

Don’t miss your chance to get a copy of Barbarossa with your earlybird ticket for just £25 (including P&P) or with your standard ticket for £30 (including P&P) granting you free access to the event.

Join Jonathan Dimbleby, author of highly-acclaimed Second World War histories including The Battle of the Atlantic and Destiny in the Desert: The Road to El Alamein, as he celebrates the publication of his new book Barbarossa.

Jonathan will be in conversation, dissecting and exploring Operation Barbarossa, Hitler's invasion of Russia in June 1941. Operation Barbarossa aimed at nothing less than a war of extermination to annihilate Soviet communism, liquidate the Jews and create Lebensraum for the German master race. However, it was a colossal mistake that lost Hitler the Second World War. Drawing on unseen archival material, Dimbleby puts Barbarossa in its proper place in history for the first time in his usual gripping style.

Jonathan will be in conversation with James Holland, an internationally acclaimed and award-winning historian and broadcaster. He is the author of a number of best-selling books about the Second World War, including most recently, Normandy 44 and Sicily 43.

Don’t miss the chance to hear from Jonathan Dimbleby as he paints a full and vivid picture of this monumental campaign, of which the full nature and impact has remained widely unexplored until now.

This event will be hosted via Zoom webinar. You will be sent your personal link to login 48 hours before the event.

If you purchase a book with your ticket, you will receive your copy of the book in the 10 days after the event.

Please note, tickets for this event are non-refundable.

This event will be recorded and sent to all bookers shortly after the event. It will be available to watch for 7 days.

This event is a partnership between the How To Academy and Penguin Live.

About the Book

Barbarossa
Barbarossa

Jonathan Dimbleby

Publisher:Penguin Books Ltd

Publication date:15 Apr 2021

ISBN:9780241291474

3.50 out of 5
3 reviews
"To call his grasp of detail thorough is the faintest of compliments – obsessively attentive would not be out of place"
The Daily Telegraph
"Jonathan Dimbleby focuses on the high politics of Operation Barbarossa rather than the horror that soldiers and civilians faced"
The Times
"skilfully tracks the shifts and turns of the campaign, spares no detail"
Daily Mail

Operation Barbarossa, Hitler's invasion of Russia in June 1941, aimed at nothing less than a war of extermination to annihilate Soviet communism, liquidate the Jews and create Lebensraum for the German master race. But it led to the destruction of the Third Reich, and was cataclysmic for Germany with millions of men killed, wounded or registered as missing in action. It was this colossal mistake -- rather than any action in Western Europe -- that lost Hitler the Second World War.

Drawing on hitherto unseen archival material, including previously untranslated Russian sources, Jonathan Dimbleby puts Barbarossa in its proper place in history for the first time. From its origins in the ashes of the First World War to its impact on post-war Europe, and covering the military, political and diplomatic story from all sides, he paints a full and vivid picture of this monumental campaign whose full nature and impact has remained unexplored.

At the heart of the narrative, written in Dimbleby's usual gripping style, are compelling descriptions of the leaders who made the crucial decisions, of the men and women who fought on the front lines, of the soldiers who committed heinous crimes on an unparalleled scale and of those who were killed when the Holocaust began. Hitler's fatal gamble had the most terrifying of consequences.

Written with authority and humanity, Barbarossa is a masterwork that transforms our understanding of the Second World War and of the twentieth century.