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Stalingrad: The Fateful Siegeby Antony Beevor
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A compulsive narrative of the harrowing siege that was the psychological turning point of World War II, drawn from sources never-before seen by Western scholars
In June 1941, German forces swept across Soviet territory in an offensive that finally brought them within twenty-five miles of Moscow. But in August 1942, the overconfident Hitler chose the wrong target, Stalin's namesake city on the Volga. The battle of Stalingrad is extraordinary in every way: the triumphant invader fought to a standstill; then the Soviet trap sprung, surrounding their attackers; and the terrible siege, with Germans starving and freezing, forced to fight on by a disbelieving Hitler.
The story has never been told as Antony Beevor tells it here. He writes of the great Manichaean clash between Stalin and Hitler, and the strategic brilliance and fatal flaws of their generals. Stalingrad is first and foremost the story of the man on the ground, a soldier's-eye view of fighting house-to-house on an urban battlefield, with helpless civilians caught in the crossfire. Beevor has gained access to Russian reports on desertions and executions that have never been seen by Western scholars, German transcripts of prisoner interrogations, and private letters and diaries. These help re-create the compelling human drama of the most terrible battle in modern warfare.
Book News Annotation:
This new history of the siege of Stalingrad focuses on the clash between Stalin and Hitler, the strategic brilliance and fatal flaws of their generals, and the men on the ground from both sides. The work is based on primary sources never used before, including reports on desertions and executions from the archives of the Russian ministry of defense, captured German documents, transcripts of prisoner interrogations, private letters and diaries from soldiers on both sides, and interviews with witnesses and participants. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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