Easy to read in the evening, and epic for certain aspects.
The Battle of Stalingrad is the turning point of WWII. The entire 6th Army of Nazi Germany was lost in this long, drawn-out battle which is one of the most un-humanizing of all time. The German army was stuck and surrounded in the brutal winter of Russia and many were left starved to death, some reports of cannibalism was reported but cannot be confirmed. In the end, what Hitler thought was a walk in the park (Blitzkrieg) turned out to be "Rattenkrieg" - Rat Warfare for the Germans.
After the battle, Nazi Germany sped up into the down spiral of decline and defeat, even common Germans were convinced that the entire war was lost.
I’ve read almost every book on Stalingrad. This is one of the best but more important, it’s the most up-to-date. When the USSR collapsed and historians were able to get into their wartime archives, lots of information was found that we never knew. The author benefited from that. Besides his research, which is excellent, I think I found one mistake, he is a very skillfull writer. Don’t start reading this at night or you’ll stay up....Continua
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
A fantastic account of the fate that met the German Sixth Army and ultimately Hitler's ambitions in Russia. Hundreds of miles from home, cut-off, surrounded, starving, desperately short of equipment and supplies, and fighting to death in the largest battle in human history, it's a vision of hell on earth....Continua