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Preview — Stalingrad by Antony Beevor
Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege, 1942-1943
In October 1942, a panzer officer wrote 'Stalingrad is no longer a town... Animals flee this hell; the hardest stones cannot bear it for long; only men endure.
The battle for Stalingrad became the focus of Hitler and Stalin's determination to win the gruesome, vicious war on the eastern front. The citizens of Stalingrad endured unimaginable hardship; the battle, with fierc...more
The Russians paid any price for victory and coerced courage by executing 13,500 ...more
Just when the battle for the streets of Stalingrad appeared to be turning into a stalemate, with Ge ...more
Afterwards, explaining this to my mother, she asked, so did you get it? And I'm like 'nope, but neither did they.' Bunches of people being con ...more
-- Wallace Shawn as Vizzini in The Princess Bride
Never get involved in a land war in Asia. Or the European portion of Russia.
That's good advice.
For whatever reason, though, the lure of Russia - its vast steppes, its vast resources, its vast and bloody history - has ...more
This is an excellent account of the battle of Stalingrad, I'd place it next to 'Enemy at the Gates'. The author gives you an overview of the military situation on the Eastern Front prior to the German Offensive towards Stalingrad on the Volga. The author tells the story of this terrible battle through the accounts of those soldiers who endured this inferno and survived as well as using letters and diaries of those who didn't! This is a story of the fighting, not of the strategy and tactics behin ...more
Stalingrad was a game changer of world war 2. During the complete course of war, change in mood, thoughts, impressions of Germans, Romanians and Soviets is easily depicted. It is easy to trace that conflict of ego, was the main reason for mass killing of mankind and animals.
Conflicts of regional political ideologies was another big reason for it. Leaders of each region had r ...more
The Battle of Stalingrad was both one of the bloodiest in world history and — which says something about WWII — the second bloodiest conflict of the second World War. (The first was, predictably, the siege of Leningrad.) Quite what would have happened if the Soviet and German generals had been in charge of their respective armies is un ...more
It's been a few years since I finished Year 12, and upon starting Stalingrad I was struck by how much I had missed readi ...more
The book is a great read, very interesting and details the Battle of Stalingrad in great detail
and often in human terms with stories from both sides of battle, survival, letters to and from home, conditions during the war f ...more
Las pequeñas historias de heroísmo e incluso de humanidad contrastan con el desprecio total a la vida, l ...more
Small individual anecdotes and personal moments are interspersed with the huge pa ...more
The 6th a ...more
Military buffs will enjoy this book. H ...more
That aside, I can recommend this book to anyone seeking a well-written view of what has to be one of the biggest military losses in contemporary history. Aside from descriptions of troop movements, officers' meetings, close-range combat, and all the other things you might except fr ...more
Beevor's book is also, I would argue, a truly gripping and exciting account of the Battle of Stalingrad, an a ...more
I've never really been interested in military strategy, so I tended to glaze over a fair bit when Beevor desc ...more
I am not a war junkie, I don't tend to read "survey" books, and when I read about war, I prefer the human stories that illustrate the idiocy of war. This book is very much about the people and personalities that fought. It is also about the tactics and the politics surro ...more