German Soldier vs Soviet Soldier

Stalingrad 1942–43

German Soldier vs Soviet Soldier cover

German Soldier vs Soviet Soldier

Stalingrad 1942–43

Description

By the end of the first week of November 1942, the German Sixth Army held about 90 per cent of Stalingrad. Yet the Soviets stubbornly held on to the remaining parts of the city, and German casualties started to reach catastrophic levels. In an attempt to break the deadlock, Hitler decided to send additional German pioneer battalions to act as an urban warfare spearhead. These combat engineers were skilled in all aspects of city fighting, especially in the use of demolitions and small arms to overcome defended positions and in the destruction of armoured vehicles. Facing them were hardened Soviet troops who had perfected the use of urban camouflage, concealed and interlocking firing positions, close quarters battle, and sniper support.

This fully illustrated book explores the tactics and effectiveness of these opposing troops during this period, focusing particularly on the brutal close-quarters fight over the Krasnaya Barrikady (Red Barricades) ordnance factory.

Table of Contents

Introduction / The Opposing Sides / Combat 1 / Combat 2 / Combat 3 / Analysis / Aftermath / Unit Organizations / Bibliography / Index

Product details

Published Oct 19 2017
Format Ebook (PDF)
Edition 1st
Extent 80
ISBN 9781472824585
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Series Combat
Short code CBT 28
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors

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Chris McNab

Dr Chris McNab specializes in military history and…

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Johnny Shumate

Johnny Shumate works as a freelance illustrator li…

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