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The battle for Stalingrad, which took place between August 1942 and February 1943, was the single longest military engagement of the Second World War, with the exception of the siege of Leningrad. It has been widely viewed as a turning point of the war, with the encirclement and eventual crushing of Hitler's beleaguered Sixth Army being the first irreversible defeat suffered by German forces and one that foreshadowed the eventual downfall of the European Axis powers.

This classic work, reissued in paperback in 1992 to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the battle, was written by a member of the Sixth Army's War Correspondents' Staff and provides a chronicle of events from the German point of view. Based on the records of the German High Command, minutes, operational orders and the descriptions of surviving participants, Schröter's book gives a graphic account of the conflict and portrays the agonies suffered by the trapped forces when their isolation became complete and the impossibility of relieving or even adequately supplying them gradually became apparent.

Stalingrad thus offers a revealing personal insight into the heart of a besieged army and into the dilemmas and decisions facing those with the responsibility of command in an increasingly desperate situation.

We believe this book is not just an alternative to the rather better known work by Anthony Beevor, it is a well written additional source of information on this horrendous battle.


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