"Commanders of the Corps, Great Patriotic" Biographic
Encyclopedia, 2 Volumes. I. Basik, B. Vedenskiy et al. C.
Russian text, hard cover, 670 pp and 462 pp per volume.
These books are a part of the 4-volume "Great Patriotic"
Outstanding comprehensive reference, first of its kind. The
book includes biography of every Soviet general who
commanded a Corps at some point during WW2. Volume 1 covers
commanders of the Rifle and Mountain Corps and the
Stalingrad Corps of Peoples Militia. Volume 2 includes
commanders of all Soviet Airborne Corps, Cavalry Corps, Tank
Corps, Mechanized Corps, Artillery Corps, Antiaircraft and
Antiaircraft District Corps, Air Corps, Special Construction
Corps and Special Railway Corps.
All together, there are well over 400 listings (note that
since some generals had commanded Corps of different types
e.g. Airborne and Rifle, some names are listed more than
once, but the complete biography is provided only once).
Outstanding alphabetic reference on commanders of Major
General to Lieutenant General level, many of whom have been
omitted by previously published books. Every entry is
accompanied by a b/w photo. Although this book is similar in
format to previously published catalogs such as "Heroes of
the Soviet Union", the information provided in it is much
more detailed and interesting.
Additional to the usual biographical data and list of awards
(including, where applicable, foreign and even Imperial
Russian decorations), each article has a review of the
general's role in major WW2 operations in which he
participated. Included are also many important facts of the
pre-war and post-war careers.