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Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege, 1942-1943

Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege, 1942-1943

The Battle of Stalingrad was not only the psychological turning point of World War II: it also changed the face of modern warfare

Beevor's latest book Ardennes 1944: The Battle of the Bulge is now available from Viking Books 


Historians and reviewers worldwide have hailed Antony Beevor's magisterial Stalingrad as the definitive account of World War II's most harrowing battle.

In August 1942, Hitler's huge Sixth Army reached the city that bore Stalin's name. In the five-month siege that followed, the Russians fought to hold Stalingrad at any cost; then, in an astonishing reversal, encircled and trapped their Nazi enemy. This battle for the ruins of a city cost more than a million lives. Stalingrad conveys the experience of soldiers on both sides, fighting in inhuman conditions, and of civilians trapped on an urban battlefield. Antony Beevor has itnerviewed survivors and discovered completely new material in a wide range of German and Soviet archives, including prisoner interrogations and reports of desertions and executions. As a story of cruelty, courage, and human suffering, Stalingrad is unprecedented and unforgettable.

Preface

Part One - ‘THE WORLD WILL HOLD ITS BREATH!’

Chapter 1. The Double-Edged Sword of Barbarossa

Chapter 2. ‘Nothing is Impossible for the German Soldier!’

Chapter 3. ‘Smash in the Door and the Whole Rotten Structure Will Come Crashing Down!’

Chapter 4. Hitler’s Hubris: The Delayed Battle for Moscow

Part Two - BARBAROSSA RELAUNCHED

Chapter 5. General Paulus’s First Battle

Chapter 6. ‘How Much Land Does a Man Need?’

Chapter 7. ‘Not One Step Backwards’

Chapter 8. ‘The Volga is Reached!’

Part Three - ‘THE FATEFUL CITY’

Chapter 9. ‘Time is Blood’: The September Battles

Chapter 10. Rattenkrieg

Chapter 11. Traitors and Allies

Chapter 12. Fortresses of Rubble and Iron

Chapter 13. Paulus’s Final Assault

Chapter 14. ‘All For the Front!’

Part Four - ZHUKOV’S TRAP

Chapter 15. Operation Uranus

Chapter 16. Hitler’s Obsession

Chapter 17. ‘The Fortress Without a Roof’

Chapter 18. ‘Der Manstein Kommt!’

Chapter 19. ‘Christmas in the German Way’

Part Five - THE SUBJUGATION OF THE SIXTH ARMY

Chapter 20. The Air-Bridge

Chapter 21. ‘Surrender Out of the Question’

Chapter 22. ‘A German Field Marshal Does Not Commit Suicide with a Pair of Nail Scissors!’

Chapter 23. ‘Stop Dancing! Stalingrad Has Fallen’

Chapter 24. The City of the Dead

Chapter 25. The Sword of Stalingrad

APPENDIX A - German and Soviet Orders of Battle, 19 November 1942

APPENDIX B - The Statistical Debate: Sixth Army Strength in the Kessel

References

Source Notes - Part 1

Source Notes - Part 2

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