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Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943

by Antony Beevor

Penguin Books | May 17, 1999 | Trade Paperback

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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 caught their Nazi enemy in an astonishing reversal. As never before, Stalingrad conveys the experience of soldiers on both sides as they fought in inhuman conditions, and of civilians trapped on an urban battlefield. Antony Beevor has interviewed survivors and discovered completely new material in a wide range of German and Soviet archives, including reports of prisoner interrogations, desertions, and executions. The battle of Stalingrad was the psychological turning point of World War II; as Beevor makes clear, it also changed the face of modern warfare. As a story of cruelty, courage, and human suffering, Stalingrad is unprecedented and unforgettable.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 560 pages, 8.48 × 5.56 × 1.13 in

Published: May 17, 1999

Publisher: Penguin Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140284583

ISBN - 13: 9780140284584

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Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943

by Antony Beevor

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 560 pages, 8.48 × 5.56 × 1.13 in

Published: May 17, 1999

Publisher: Penguin Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140284583

ISBN - 13: 9780140284584

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The silence that fell on 2 February in the ruined city felt eerie for those who had been used to destruction as a natural state. Grossman described mounds of rubble and bomb craters so deep that the low angled winter sunlight never seemed to reach the bottom, and ''railway tracks, where tanker wagons lie belly up, like dead horses.'' Some 3,500 civilians were put to work as burial parties. They stacked frozen German corpses like piles of timber at the roadside, and although they had a few carts drawn by camels, most of the removal work was accomplished with improvised sleds and handcarts. The German dead were taken to bunkers, or the huge anti-tank ditch, dug the previous summer, and tipped in. Later, 1,200 German prisoners were put to work on the same task, using carts, with humans instead of horses pulling them. ''Almost all members of these work parties,'' reported a prisoner of war, ''soon died of typhus.'' Others, ''dozens each day'' according to an NKVD officer in Beketovka camp - were shot on the way to work by their escorts. The grisly evidence of the fighting did not disappear swiftly. After the Volga thawed in spring, lumps of coagulated blackened skin were found on the river bank. General de Gaulle, when he stopped in his Stalingrad on his way north to Moscow in December 1944, was struck to find that bodies were still being dug up, but this was to continue for several decades. Almost any building work in the city uncovered human remains from the battle. More astoni
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Table of Contents

Stalingrad List of Illustrations and Maps
Preface

Part One. ''The World Will Hold Its Breath''

1. The Double-Edged Sword of Barbarossa
2. ''Nothing is Impossible for the German Soldier!''
3. ''Smash in the Door and the Whole Rotten Structure Will Come Crashing Down!''
4. Hitler''s Hubris: The Delayed Battle for Moscow

Part Two. Barbarossa Relaunched

5. General Paulus''s First Battle
6. ''How Much Land Does a Man Need?''
7. ''Not One Step Backwards''
8. ''The Volga is Reached!''

Part Three. ''The Fateful City''

9. ''Time is Blood'': The September Battles
10. Rattenkrieg
11. Traitors and Allies
12. Fortresses of Rubble and Iron
13. Paulus''s Final Assault
14. ''All For the Front!''

Part Four. Zhukov''s Trap

15. Operation Uranus
16. Hitler''s Obsession
17. ''The Fortress Without a Roof''
18. ''Der Manstein Kommit!''
19. ''Christmas in the German Way''

Part Five. The Subjugation of the Sixth Army

20. The Air-Bridge
21. ''Surrender Out of the Question''
22. ''A German Field Marshall Does Not Commit Suicide with a Pair of Nail Scissors!''
23. ''Stop Dancing! Stalingrad Has Fallen''
24. The City of the Dead
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
Select Bibliography
Index

From the Publisher

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 caught their Nazi enemy in an astonishing reversal. As never before, Stalingrad conveys the experience of soldiers on both sides as they fought in inhuman conditions, and of civilians trapped on an urban battlefield. Antony Beevor has interviewed survivors and discovered completely new material in a wide range of German and Soviet archives, including reports of prisoner interrogations, desertions, and executions. The battle of Stalingrad was the psychological turning point of World War II; as Beevor makes clear, it also changed the face of modern warfare. As a story of cruelty, courage, and human suffering, Stalingrad is unprecedented and unforgettable.

About the Author

Bestselling British historian Antony Beevor was born on December 14, 1946. He was educated at Winchester College and Sandhurst and studied under the well-known World War Two historian, John Keegan. Beevor was an officer with the 11th Hussars for five years before becoming a writer. His works have received awards including the Runciman Prize, the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Wolfson Prize for History, and the Hawthornden Prize for Literature. The French government made him a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1997, and in 2008 the president of Estonia awarded him the Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana. In 1999 Beevor was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He is a visiting professor at the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck, University of London.

From Our Editors

Endless statistics and the facts of military strategy often rob wars and battles of any human element. Antony Beevor's Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943 offers an in-depth look at one of the Second World War's most fierce battles with much more than just the facts. With accounts of how the soldiers fought in horrible conditions, interviews with survivors and never-before-seen archives from both the Soviet and German side, this book is must reading for historians and war buffs alike.
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