By Antony Beevor
This gripping historical past is the definitive account of the conflict that shifted the tide of worldwide struggle II.
Historians and reviewers around the world have hailed Antony Beevor's magisterial Stalingrad because the definitive account of global battle II's so much harrowing conflict. In August 1942, Hitler's large 6th military reached the town that bore Stalin's identify. within the 5 month siege that undefined, the Russians fought to carry Stalingrad at any fee, then stuck their Nazi enemy in an superb reversal.
As by no means prior to, Stalingrad conveys the adventure of squaddies on each side as they fought in inhuman stipulations, and of civilians trapped on an city battlefield. Antony Beevor has interviewed survivors and came upon thoroughly new fabric in quite a lot of German and Soviet files, together with reviews of prisoner interrogations, desertions, and executions. The conflict of Stalingrad used to be the mental turning aspect of worldwide warfare II; as Beevor makes transparent, it additionally replaced the face of contemporary struggle. As a narrative of cruelty, braveness, and human agony, Stalingrad is unheard of and unforgettable.
"A extraordinary and sobering tale . . . totally and authoritatively told." -Richard Bernstein, The long island Times
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But although his divisions inflicted quite heavy casualties on the Germans, their own losses were infinitely greater. Kirponos rushed his tank formations into battle before they could deploy effectively. On the second day, 23 June, General Ewald von Kleist's First Panzer Group came up against Soviet divisions equipped with the monster KV tank, and for the very first time, German crews saw the T-34 tank, the best general-purpose tank developed in the Second World War. The reduction of the southern front between the Pripet Marshes and the Carpathian mountains took much longer than expected.
Zhukov and others who tried to warn of the dangers failed utterly. 42 Hitler's Hubris: The Delayed Battle for Moscow The Führer, also preoccupied by thoughts of 1812, had issued a stream of orders against any retreat. He was convinced that, if they held out through the winter, they would break the historical curse on invaders of Russia. His intervention has long been the subject of debate. Some argue that his resolution saved the German Army from annihilation. Others believe that his demands to hold ground at any cost led to terrible and unnecessary losses in trained men which Germany could not afford.
Some of the stories, however, did emerge later, partly because a strong feeling of injustice grew in the ranks that the deeds of many brave men were not being acknowledged. For example, a letter was found on the body of a Surgeon Maltsev at Stalingrad expressing his need to testify to the courage of a comrade during the terrible retreat. ' Tales of bravery offered little compensation at the time. By mid-July, the Red Army was in a desperate position. In the first three weeks of fighting it had lost 3,500 tanks, over 6,000 aircraft, and some two million men, including a significant proportion of the Red Army officer corps.
Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943 by Antony Beevor