By Andrey Kurkov
Penguin misplaced finds Viktor Zolotaryov sneaking again into Kiev less than an assumed id to adopt a deadly project: He desires to locate Misha, his penguin, whom he fears has fallen into the arms of the felony mob searching for Viktor himself.
Guilt-ridden and made up our minds to do what it takes, Viktor falls in with a Mafia boss who employs him in an election-rigging crusade, in go back for introducing Viktor to different mobsters who can assist him locate Misha. And as Viktor is going from mobster to mobster, attempting to live to tell the tale in Kiev’s legal underground, the proof mounts that Misha will be somewhere even worse: the zoo of a Chechen warlord.
What ensues is for Viktor either a quest and an odyssey of atonement, and for the reader, a stirring mixture of the comedian and the tragic, the heartbreaking and the inspiring.
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Balkans: Second Panzer Army 13. Defense of the Ukraine (East): First and Fourth Panzer Armies 14. Defense of the Ukraine (West): First and Fourth Panzer Armies 15. Defense of Hungary and Czechoslovakia: First Panzer Army 16. Defense of the Baltics: Third Panzer Army 17. Defense of Poland and the Reich: Third and Fourth Panzer Armies Key to Maps Map 1 Map 2 Map 3 Map 4 Map 5 Map 6 Map 7 Map 8 Map 9 Map 10 Map 11 Map 12 Map 13 Map 14 Map 15 Map 16 Map 17 Introduction This book tells the story of Germany’s panzer armies in action during the Nazi-Soviet War from 1941-45.
Initiative passed to the Soviets and, despite retaining their fearsome-sounding names, panzer armies often ceased to be operational maneuver weapons and instead merely occupied ground. They lost most unique qualities and, in numerous cases, did not even have any panzer or mechanized formations under their command. 11This one comment proved to be a harbinger of both the panzer army’s success and decline. Chapter 1 Group von Kleist as Precursor The Panzerwaffe’s baptism of fire came in Poland. With a greater than four–to–one superiority in tanks and numerous other German advantages, it is no wonder that the blitzkrieg through Poland was successful.
So far, the panzers had not played a critical role; marching infantry could have almost moved as fast through the Ardennes and across the Meuse. But now, free of the narrow confines of the forest and river valley, von Kleist s panzers began to move faster than even their own high command could tolerate. With events on the ground happening at a tempo within the Boyd Loop of their own plans, the Germans became apprehensive of their own success and put the brakes on von Kleist s panzers. At his Second Army headquarters, Huntziger assumed von Kleist would now wheel left and roll up the Maginot Line from the north.