Stalingrad 1942 cover
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Stalingrad has become a by-word for grim endurance and tenacity; for the refusal to give up, no matter the cost. In this book, Peter Antill takes a dispassionate look at one of the most talked about battles in history. He asks why the Germans allowed themselves to be diverted from their main objective, which was to capture the oil fields of the Caucasus, and concentrate such large resources on a secondary target. He discusses the merits of the commanders on both sides and also the relationship on the German side with Hitler as well as reviewing the ways in which the command structures influenced the battle. Apart from the overall question of German objectives, this book also unpicks the detail of unit directions, priorities and deployments, leading to a vivid account of the day-by-day war of attrition that took place in Stalingrad during World War II (1939-1945), between September 14, 1942 and February 2, 1943. Stalingrad was more than a turning point, it was the anvil on which the back of German military ambitions in the east were broken and the echoes of its death knell were heard in Berlin and indeed the world over.

Table of Contents

Introduction/Origins of the Campaign/Chronology/Opposing Commanders: Field Marshals List - Von Manstein - Marshal Zhukov - General Yeremenko/Opposing Armies: - Army Groups A and B - 6th Army - 62nd Army/Opposing Plans: the German plan to take the Caucasus and Stalingrad and the objectives of Operation Blau. Soviet plans for defence of the city, counter-attack by Zhukov and relief effort by Manstein/The Campaign/Aftermath/Bibliography/Battlefield Today

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Published Jun 19 2007
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781846030284
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 59 b/w
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Campaign
Short code CAM 184
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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