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Christmas at Stalingrad

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  58 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Antony Beevor's Stalingrad, published by Penguin in 1998, was a worldwide bestseller, telling one of the most harrowing stories of the Second World War and reminding everybody of the power of narrative history in the hands of an expert storyteller. In this extract Beevor takes us back to December 1942 when the German 6th Army was surrounded by the Russians and facing annih ...more
Paperback, Pocket Penguin 70s #16, 57 pages
Published May 6th 2005 by Penguin Books Ltd
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Daren
An excerpt from Stalingrad, this portion taking place around Christmas 1942, when the German 6th Army was surrounded by the Russians and facing annihilation. It is a moving and sad book, demonstrating the futility of war the arrogant refusal to back down of both Hitler and Stalin.

The writing is packed with facts, figures, names and quotations. I don't mind admitting to being way outside of my sphere of knowledge, so a lot of it I found a bit confusing with the 16th Panza Division going here, the
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Coenraad
Mar 29, 2015 Coenraad rated it really liked it
Normally I would not choose to read a book like this. In fact, I would choose not to read it - the depiction of the stupidity of war is just too upsetting. This excerpt of Beevor's book about the events at Stalingrad during the Second World War is deceptively light, but gives enough information about the starvation of the German soldiers because of the lack of food and the severe winter to demonstrate the futility of the whole undertaking (not to forget about the even worse plight of the ...more
Roelof Kotvis
Dec 26, 2012 Roelof Kotvis rated it really liked it
Outstanding account of what happened to the German 6th Army, trapped in the 'Kessel' on the Western bank of the river Volga, in late December 1942. Presenting lots of information in an easily readable fashion is an art, one in which Antony Beevor excels. The many quotes from primary sources ensure that the dazzling numbers of casualties preserve their human faces; "Christmas at Stalingrad" is not the story of a handful of generals, it's the story of thousands of soldiers left to freeze and ...more
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This was a gift from my fiance which I received, catalogued and shelved for reading at another time. The time came when I needed a book to tide me over for a day between other longer books. It was an enjoyable excerpt. I am sure I would slog through the whole book, but the excerpt was just what I needed and gave an interesting perspective on the "Russian Front."
Ben
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So much tenderness and horror in so few pages but only a taster of the full Stalingrad book. Definitely want to read the rest though.
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How does the world still continue, after Stalingrad?
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Antony James Beevor is a British historian, educated at Winchester College and Sandhurst. He studied under the famous historian of World War II, John Keegan. Beevor is a former officer with the 11th Hussars who served in England and Germany for 5 years before resigning his commission. He has published several popular histories on the Second World War and 20th century in general.

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