Darkness descended on Easter Europe when Hitler and his generals, smug and arrogant, in command of the superlative army which has prostrated France and humbled England, looked eastward, supremely confident that they would now easily destroy Russia. THE RUSSIAN GERMAN WAR is a rare look at one of the worst horror stories in the long history of warfare. For decades the Cold War prevented us from looking closely what really happened between the Russians and the Germans on the Eastern Front during World War II. More than a struggle between nations, it pitted maniacal tyrant against maniacal tyrant, evil ideology against evil ideology. The lives of tens of millions of human beings were consumed by its raging hatreds and appalling indignities. One in every ten Russians died. One in every four Poles died. Whole division of Italians, Romanians, Hungarian's disappeared with barely a trace. An average of 17,800 people died on every single day - and this, the war on the Russian German Front, lasted for 1,400 days.