The Monster That Failed: "1956: 3 of 4: The World in Revolt" by Simon Hall

May 31, 05:54 AM


(Photo: In the late 1940s and early 50s the Polish Army was under the command of Marshal of the Soviet Union Konstantin Rokossovsky, who was given the additional title Marshal of Poland and was also Minister of National Defense. It was increasingly tied into the Soviet structures. This process was stopped in the aftermath of the Polish October, in 1956, however, and brigades began to be formed in the engineering and artillery arms.[citation needed])

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 The Monster That Failed: "1956: 3 of 4: The World in Revolt" by Simon Hall

Vibrantly and sympathetically told, this is the story of one remarkable year - a capsule history of exhilarating triumphs and shattering defeats around the world. 'Vivid, powerful and panoramic ... I loved it.' Dominic Sandbrook 1956 was one of the most remarkable years of the twentieth century. All across the globe, ordinary people spoke out, filled the streets and city squares, and took up arms in an attempt to win their freedom. In response to these unprecedented challenges to their authority, those in power fought back, in a desperate bid to shore up their position. It was an epic contest, and one which made 1956 - like 1789 and 1848 - a year that changed our world.