Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943

Paperback | May 17, 1999

byAntony Beevor

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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.

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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,...

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

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 ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 8.4 × 5.5 × 1.2 inPublished:May 17, 1999Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy read and very interesting Fantastic overview and also in dept analysis of one of the most well known battles in world history. Great to read on the Kobo since you get all this aditional information regarding events occured or historical persons just a touch of your finger away.
Date published: 2015-06-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eye-popping ! Amazing what they went through - both sides. All because of a lunatic and the gang of thugs that surrounded him and propped up his fantasies. Well crafted account with no partisan mud slinging and geat story-telling. A huge, complex plot with lots of moving parts, including drama and suspense. Nicely done !
Date published: 2014-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superbly narrated history Antony Beevor possesses the rare gift of being historically knowledgeable and literally gifted at the same time. His account of the dreadful siege of Stalingrad is the best I have read. So much so in fact, that even though I read it on a very warm summer evening, I felt a chill in my bones while reading of the conditions the German 6th army endured outside Stalingrad due to Hitler's relentless and misguided resolve. This is a story without victors or heroes, without good guys and bad guys ... it possesses only human beings who are forced by political and national affiliation to bare the very worst that humanity and nature can throw at them. This book is as uplifting as it is terrifying, and is a must-read for anyone interested in military history.
Date published: 2005-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING Quite simply put, I have never enjoyed a book of any genre more than Stalingrad. I feel sorry for anyone who hasnt absorbed this excellent read.
Date published: 2005-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ... I'm speechless... dig in your sofa for change! your gonna want to buy this book!
Date published: 2003-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book An informative and entertaining look at the events leading up to and the seige of Stalingrad. Story reads like a novel and is peppered with personal accounts gleaned from letters home and interogation documents. Great book.
Date published: 2001-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW ! A great book. Had to read it twice. The realism was too much. My feet are still shivering !
Date published: 2000-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the Best This is one of the best books I have ever read!!
Date published: 2000-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! The best book I have read about the significant battle. Very systematic and objective. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2000-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! Beevor's account of the seige and disaster at Stalingrad is by far the most compelling, spellbounding and interesting works I have ever read. From the opening paragraph to the final chapter, I found I couldn't put the book down. It is meticulously researched, and extremely well written. For anyone remotely curious and interested in the history of our past century, it is a must read. I will undoubtedly encourage my social studies and history students to read it.
Date published: 2000-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from stalingrad:the fateful seige 1942-1943 it rocked! Don't be cheap!
Date published: 1999-07-25

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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 astonishing than the number of dead was the capacity for human survival. The Stalingrad Party Committee held meetings in all districts 'liberated from Fascist occupation', and rapidly organized a census. They found that at least 9,976 civilians had lived through the fighting, surviving in the battlefield ruins. They included 994 children, of whom only nine were reunited with their parents. The vast majority were sent off to state orphanages or given work clearing the city. The report says nothing of their physical or mental state, witnessed by an American aid worker, who arrived very soon after the fighting to distribute clothes. 'Most of the children', she wrote, 'had been living in the ground for four or five winter months. They were swollen with hunger. They cringed in corners, afraid to speak, to even look people in the face.' The Stalingrad Party Committee had higher priorities. 'Soviet authorities were immediately reinstalled in all districts of the city', it reported to Moscow. On 4 February, Red Army Commissars held a political rally for 'the whole city', both civilian survivors and soldiers. This assembly, with its long speeches in praise of Comrade Stalin and his leadership of the Red Army, was the Party's version of a service of thanksgiving. The authorities did not at first allow civilians who had escaped to the East Bank to return to their homes, because of the need to clear unexploded shells. Mine-clearance teams had to prepare a basic pattern of 'special safe paths'. But many soon managed to slip back over the frozen Volga without permission. Messages appeared chalked on the side of ruined buildings, testifying to the numbers of families broken up by the fighting: Mama, we are all right. Look for us in Beketovka. Klava.' Many people never discovered which of their relatives were alive or dead until after the war was over.

Table of Contents

StalingradList 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 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.