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'. 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, with fierce hand-to-hand fighting in each room of each building, 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. An extraordinary story of tactical genius, civilian bravery, obsession, carnage and the nature of war itself, Stalingrad will act as a testament to the vital role of the soviet war effort.
A completely fascinating account of a fast moving and changing pivotal military and political situation, the finite analysis of which would beat the best of us. But with a combination of undeniable integrity, and with reliance almost entirely on eye-witness accounts and contemporary documents at all levels of the action, this is an all the more reliable and genuine picture of events surrounding the eventual fall of Adolf Hitler's Berlin, of Hitler himself, and his gang. In addition to adherence to the above process, and perhaps also because of it, this account is all the more reliable in that Anthony Beevor is able to avoid the usual and common drawback to useful history, namely the tendency to introduce too much of the author's personal views and subjectivity. In short, a book for anyone interested in the subject and who is eager to have an honest and objective account and as near as possible to being a virtual eyewitness to all of the salient features of the action.