Stalingrad (American edition)

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This authoritative and well written book recreates the battle for Stalingrad that became the focus of Hitler and Stalin's determination to win the gruesome and vicious war for the Eastern front. A detailed examination of the most pitiless, and perhaps the most important battle in WW2 history. Focusing on the experiences of soldiers on both sides, driven beyond the limits of physical and mental endurance this work stands as a testament to human endeavour and to the vital role of the Soviet wareffort. This will be the ...

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Carl

Jun 7, 2020

Great Story of WW2 Warfare

I did not know very much about the Eastern Front and the subsequent battles within. This book is a great telling of the most significant battle of WW2. Not just the detials of how is was conducted, but the absolute deadly warfare fought by both sides. Both the Germans and the Russians were determined to win, at any cost necessary. The bloodshed was horrifc, and Beevor tells it in a way that is easy to read and understand. Both sides battled with each leader, Hitler and Stalin, for the overall command of the conflict. Only the sheer weight of manpower , available to the Russians, was a deciding factor for victory. The loss of life, military and civilian makes a tale of horror and sometimes disgust. If you want to know more about this battle, I highly recommend this book.

ScottDavisJones

Mar 7, 2016

Great Perspective

This book covers the Battle of Stalingrad from beginning to end. The author goes beyond the usual treatment of the Germans to share the dissension and disagreement in the ranks. It is not to excuse them for what they did, but to show that they were caught in Hitler's maelstrom and how that led to the plots against Hitler's life, which unfortunately did not succeed.

Orangulu

Jan 10, 2013

Such a Story

Beevor is a well respected historian, and in using Soviet and German archives he has written a definitive history of this horrific and epic battle. One GREAT read!

Andrew M

Oct 7, 2010

Very re-readable

A thoroughly enjoyable read of a balananced account of one of the most significant battles of WW11. It deals with the strategic issues of those in command and the personal experiences of the combatants. My only small criticism would be in view of the importance of geography, easier access to maps would have been appreciated

Reader70

Mar 31, 2010

MUST READ MILITARY HISTORY

In this book, master military historian, Antony Beevor, applies his proven technique of matching opposing units' battle journals by date and time to reconstruct the clashes of the battles in vivid color and detail. One can smell the gun smoke and burning flesh, He includes incidents picked from those journals to provide astonishing realism. He also provides the political intrigue which drove the commanders to demand the ultimate from their soldiers. He makes maximum use of recenly released archives to add great depth to his accounts.

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