Burnley author's new book on brutal Nazi Barbarossa campaign
A former Burnley teacher and television producer has written his latest book re-telling the Nazis' brutal Barbarossa campaign to invade the Soviet Union during the Second World War.
Stewart, who now lives in Somerset, is well known for his ‘In-Colour’ TV documentary series for which he won a BAFTA and Grierson award for 'Britain at War' and a Peabody award for ‘Second World War in Colour’.
This passion and vision has led him to write Barbarossa, the story of the battle for the Eastern Front during the Second World War, which publishes ahead of the 80th anniversary of the launch of Operation Barbarossa on June 22nd.
The Barbarossa campaign saw nearly four million Nazi troops march on Moscow, with an utterly brutal scorched earth tactic which led to over forty million lives lost.
Drawing on remarkable and never-before-seen material from Russian archives, including witness accounts, Barbarossa is the extraordinary retelling of one of the most horrific and devastating encounters of military history.
In the first Western account written from the Soviet Eastern European perspective about this pivotal battle in history Stewart captures powerfully the sheer endurance of the Russian people between 1941 and 1945 and recognizes the debt that we in the West should do more to acknowledge.