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
-- 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
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
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
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
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 recklessly tried to get public obed ...more
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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
Las pequeñas historias de heroísmo e incluso de humanidad contrastan con el desprecio total a la vida, l ...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
I've never really been interested in military strategy, so I tended to glaze over a fair bit when Beevor desc ...more
We all know the eventual outcome of the siege but the great part about the book is the range of emotions it conveys on both sides. It starts off with astonishing ferocity of the beginning of operation Barbarossa - Hitler's masterplan to invade the vastness of Russia. As a reader you feel for the Russian civilians at the receiving brunt of the German onslaught and butchery as they race towards the Volga river an ...more
Beevor's book is also, I would argue, a truly gripping and exciting account of the Battle of Stalingrad, an a ...more
The 6th a ...more