In October 1942, a Panzer officer wrote 'Stalingrad is no longer a town...
Animals flee this hell; the hardest stones cannot bear it for long; only men endure'.
As Antony Beevor famously shows, the battle for Stalingrad became the focus of Hitler and Stalin's determination to win the gruesome, vicious war on the eastern front.
The citizens of Stalingrad endured unimaginable hardship; the battle, meanwhile, was brutally destructive to both armies.
But the eventual victory of the Red Army, and the failure of Hitler's Operation Barbarossa, was the first defeat of Hitler's territorial ambitions in Europe, and the start of his decline and fall.
Exhaustively researched and incorporating eyewitness accounts, soldiers' letters and other archival documents, Beevor tells an extraordinary story of civilian bravery, tactical genius and carnage, providing a powerfully humane account of one of the bloodiest battles in history.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 528 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 04/10/2007
- Category: General & world history
- ISBN: 9780141032405
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Review by mearso
Impressive unfolding of the pivotal battle for Stalingrad. I was struck by the enormous scale of the slaughter and the conceit of the politicians who necessitated
Review by nigeyb
This is a superb book. A painstakingly researched and clearly written account of a key part of World War Two. Once you've read this then go on to the equally wonderful 'Berlin, The Downfall' also by Antony Beevor.
Review by twp77
Seldom do you find a book that simultaneously encompasses enormous human tragedy and detailed accounts of loss of life but remains one that you are still unable to put down.Here we are taken through the terror, the horror and every aspect of this bloody and futile loss of life in the Second World War with precision by Beevor's excellent knowledge and writing style. He spares no side in his brazen quest for the truth from survivors; prisoners and generals alike. A must read for anyone with an interest in history.
Review by carlosemferreira
An evocative page-turner about a momentous moment in WW 2 history. The people, more than the divisions and weaponry, is what you notice the most.