Stalingrad
  • Stalingrad
  • Stalingrad
  • Stalingrad
ISBN: 0140284583
EAN13: 9780140284584
Language: English
Release Date: May 1, 1999
Pages: 528
Dimensions: 1.2" H x 8.3" L x 5.4" W
Weight: 1 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

The Battle of Stalingrad was not only the psychological turning point of World War I: 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 I'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.

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   Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943
This book is a must for anyone interested in what happened during the WW2 battle in Stalingrad. It answers a lot of questions about how the 6th German army was surrounded and the conditions during the battle. The cold was so bitter that even the ground froze, making it hard to even dig a trench. The strong wills of Hitler and Stalin ensured that the loss of life would be great both military and civilian. The Russains were a much harder opponent than the French in 1940. This defaet of the Germans in Stalingrad with the loss of the 6th army was the turning point of the war on the Eastern Front. This book is a must read book.
 
5
   painful, disheartening and heroic
One of the most horrific, if not the most horrific period of the war, not only in the Second World War, but in the war itself. Powerful, painful, disheartening, and heroic. I think that Germany would have this battle in any other stage. Simply put, the Soviet Union said no!
 
5
   Superb work on Stalingrad.
New topics were discussed that I had not known before like the amount of desertions on both sides and the level of horror that brought men to the brink of self-inflicted wounds and suicide. I also never knew that so many Russians had fought for the Germans in the battle against their own countrymen. This gripping account was so detailed and vivid that I wanted to put the book towards the end, where human misery and cruelness almost became too much for me, even from the safety of my living room. Superb work : A must read to understand this modern account of the terrible war and the inhumanity of the Eastern Front.
 
5
   Typical Beevor on WWI: great book.
I don 't see where some of these reviews get the pro-German, anti-Russian attitude about the author. For one thing, Beevor is an ethical historian and one of the best on WWII and the E. Front. If these credentials are not enough, I suggest these negative reviewers try reading the book. I cannot count the amount of times that beevor notes the devotion, ingenuity and above all grit of the Russian forces.
 
5
   Perfect
One of the must have books on the World War 2 is War 2.
 
5
   Puts You in the volga shores, the Madness of the battle!
Beevor's great narrative really manages to get you there in battle. Very accurate book, just as Berlin's downfall in 1945,, which I read before this.
 
5
   PageTuner
I had just completed the rise and fall of the Third Reich and was fascinated by the Battle of Stalingrad.
 
5
   Beeror pulls no punches.
Beevor's narration of the Stalingrad campaign and the destruction of the 6th army is detailed, comprehensive, but unparing in its depiction of the horrors unleashed by the Germans in Russia. Smoothly shifting from the strategic view of meetings in Stalin's Kremlin or Hitler's appalling lairs to the appalling conditions faced by troops in the destruction of the besieged city, Beevor conveys the vast scale of the campaign and the horrific human costs. In this narrative, there is no glory. It is infused with courage, terror and desperation, an epic of struggle, death and survival. Beevor made an excellent use of German and Russian sources to tell the story from both sides.
 
4
   Beevor tells a great story
Eventually I got to a book by Antony Beevor. It is difficult to paint an accurate picture of the battle for Stalingrad, and I think he does a fantastic job. Perhaps I was a bit stingy about not giving it five stars, but once in a while it wasn't the page turner I expected. If you're a World War II buff, still highly recommended.
 
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   This is book is good, It gives you both and overview and a ...
This book is good, it gives you both an overview and a first floor view of battle.
 
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