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By Edwin P. Hoyt

ISBN-10: 0312868537

ISBN-13: 9780312868536

The tale of the siege by way of the acclaimed writer of Hitler's WarIn 199 Days, acclaimed historian Edwin P. Hoyt depicts the epic conflict for Stalingrad in all its electrifying pleasure and savage horror. greater than the bloodiest skirmish in history-a momentous clash costing 3 million lives-the siege was once a hinge upon which the process historical past rested. Had the crimson military fallen, the Nazi juggernaut might have rolled over Russia. Had the German's no longer held out in the course of these previous couple of months, Stalin may have painted Europe crimson. Now, over 50 years after the main striking conflict of the second one millenium, the reality approximately this decisive second is ultimately printed.

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It was as if the soldier had just announced that he had a fatal disease. The men of the Eastern Front were lionized in the press as heroes, but somehow the people knew that what was going on in the east was inhuman and deadly far beyond the horrors of war. 16 As the opposing armies licked their wounds and prepared to reenter the deadly combat that spring, their intelligence officers assessed each other's strengths and weaknesses. SOVIET WEAPONRY One of the great shocks to Hitler and his generals was the discovery after the battle of Moscow that the Russians were ahead of them in weaponry.

At Demyansk the German II Corps, which was surrounded, needed three hundred tons of supplies a day and this required a sustained airlift. ) To carry it out, the Luftwaffe had to assign half its transport planes to the task. The Ju-52s flew in groups of twenty to forty, with fighter cover. The deliveries fell short of the supplies needed, but they kept the German troops going and gave the Luftwaffe and Hitler confidence in its ability to carry out sustained airlift, a matter that would become of supreme importance in the Battle of Stalingrad.

Field Marshal Walther von Reinchenau, the commander of Army Group South, suffered a stroke. Rundstedt and Brauchitsch were gone. So were Guderian and Hoepner, and Field Marshal Strauss. All but Reichenau had left in policy disputes with Hitler. Hitler asked Field Marshal Bock to come back from Germany and take Army Group South, and he did. When Bock got to Poltava, the headquarters, he discovered that the Russian Southwest and Southern fronts were attacking. The scene was a German salient on the Don River called the Izyum Bulge.

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