By (author) Antony Beevor

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
  • Format: Paperback | 493 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 211mm x 30mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 27 May 1999
  • Publication City/Country: Hawthorn
  • ISBN 10: 0140284583
  • ISBN 13: 9780140284584
  • Illustrations note: illustrations, maps
  • Sales rank: 122,020

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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.

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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