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CfP Special issue of Open Military Studies

The Great Patriotic War

Eastern Front 1941-1945

Guest editor: Grzegorz Rossoliński-Liebe (Freie Universität Berlin)

On 22nd June 1941 at 3:15 a.m. roaring guns opened the bloodiest front of the Second World War. The Eastern Front was one of the single most important theaters of the war. Not only because of the sheer number of soldiers and materials it consumed, but also because of the millions of civilians caught in the crossfire. Numerous atrocities, a level of destruction almost not seen anywhere in the world and the unprecedented scale of total warfare marked the clash of two major powers. Only on the territory of today’s Ukraine over 1.5 million Jews were murdered, between 1941 and 1944. The war also paved the way for the new, postwar order in Eastern Europe with massive migrations and deportations adding even more victims to an already horrifying death toll.

This year we will be commemorating the 80th Anniversary of the attack. We want to mark this event with the publication of a Special Issue dedicated to the memory of men and women who fought and perished in one of the greatest and bloodiest conflicts in history. This edition of Open Military Studies journal seeks Academics and Scholars interested in this issue. We invite submissions on the following topics: 



  • War in the East 
  • POV treatment
  • Collaboration in Eastern Europe
  • Holocaust
  • Advancements in military technology
  • Forced relocations
  • Memory of the War, the Holocaust and Collaboration in Eastern Europe


Please send an extended abstract (maximum 1,500 words) by the 1st of May 2021 to the guest editor Dr. Grzegorz Rossoliński-Liebe, Freie Universität Berlin (g.r-l@fu-berlin.de). 

Submitted abstracts should be in English. The guest editor will evaluate abstracts and will inform authors of acceptance or rejection by 15th May 2021. 

Full papers should be submitted by 1st August 2021. 

Authors are kindly invited to register at our paper processing system at: https://www.editorialmanager.com/openms and submit their contribution. 

Every manuscript should be clearly marked as intended for this special issue. All papers will go through the Open Military Studies’ high standards, quick, fair and comprehensive peer-review procedure. Instructions for authors are available here. In case of any questions, please contact the Guest Editor (g.r-l@fu-berlin.de) or the Managing Editor (tomasz.grala@degruyter.com). 

All accepted works will be published free of any charge.