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Stalingrad (1998)

by Antony Beevor

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I've tried reading this since late summer and I'm just not making any progress so I think I'll bring it back to the next MeetUp and see if anyone else wants to claim it. It doesn't seem to be poorly written, just not engaging my attention.
  amyem58 | Jul 3, 2014 |
I recommend this book to all those who wish to 'feel' how the besieged 'felt'. There is an abundance of personal details (some might be fictional) based on war letters and journals. ( )
  AndreiCatalinS | Jun 15, 2014 |
The story of the Battle of Stalingrad in all its grim and gory detail. It's a thrilling and gripping read and pulls no punches in the picture it paints of the utter destruction of the city, Hitler's insane will to destroy it and the Red Army, and the utter waste of Russian soldiers in defending it.



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  twosheds | Feb 26, 2014 |
Its hard to comprehend the war on the Eastern Front. It was fought with an extreme bitter tenacity that the allies on the Western Front did not suffer.
Antony Beevor describes this harrowing war in Stalingrad and Berlin. We should all encourage our male children to read it ,in the hope that they will never have to engage in such a war. The iconic photograph on the dustcover and that of the leaping soldier from the walls of Stalingrad are as poignant as any medieval wall painting of Man and Hell. ( )
  KayHarker | Jun 25, 2013 |
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  velvetink | Mar 31, 2013 |
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Stalingrad's heart-piercing tragedy needed a chronicler with acute insight into human nature as well as the forces of history. Antony Beevor is that historia.
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Vividly told … a wonderfully readable work of history.
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Hitler made two fundamental and crippling mistakes during the Second World War: The first was his whimsical belief that the United Kingdom would eventually become his ally, which delayed his decision to launch a major invasion of Britain, whose army was unprepared for the force of blitzkrieg warfare. The second was the ill-conceived Operation Barbarossa--an invasion of Russia that was supposed to take the German army to the gates of Moscow. Antony Beevor's thoughtfully researched compendium recalls this epic struggle for Stalingrad. No one, least of all the Germans, could foretell the deep well of Soviet resolve that would become the foundation of the Red Army; Russia, the Germans believed, would fall as swiftly as France and Poland. The ill-prepared Nazi forces were trapped in a bloody war of attrition against the Russian behemoth, which held them in the pit of Stalingrad for nearly two years. Beevor points out that the Russians were by no means ready for the war either, making their stand even more remarkable; Soviet intelligence spent as much time spying on its own forces--in fear of desertion, treachery, and incompetence--as they did on the Nazis. Due attention is also given to the points of view of the soldiers and generals of both forces, from the sickening battles to life in the gulags.

Many believe Stalingrad to be the turning point of the war. The Nazi war machine proved to be fallible as it spread itself too thin for a cause that was born more from arrogance than practicality. The Germans never recovered, and its weakened defenses were no match for the Allied invasion of 1944. We know little of what took place in Stalingrad or its overall significance, leading Beevor to humbly admit that "[t]he Battle of Stalingrad remains such an ideologically charged and symbolically important subject that the last word will not be heard for many years." This is true. But this gripping account should become the standard work against which all others should measure themselves. --Jeremy Storey

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In June 1941, German forces swept across Soviet territory in an offensive that finally brought them within twenty-five miles of Moscow. But in August 1942, the overconfident Hitler chose the wrong target, Stalin?s namesake city on the Volga. The battle of Stalingrad is extraordinary in every way: the triumphant invader fought to a standstill; then the Soviet trap sprung, surrounding their attackers; and the terrible siege, with Germans starving and freezing, forced to fight on by a disbelieving Hitler.The story has never been told as Antony Beevor tells it here. He writes of the great Manichaean clash between Stalin and Hitler, and the strategic brilliance and fatal flaws of their generals. Stalingrad is first and foremost the story of the man on the ground, a soldier?s-eye view of fighting house-to-house on an urban battlefield, with helpless civilians caught in the crossfire. Beevor has gained access to Russian reports on desertions and executions that have never been seen by Western scholars, German transcripts of prisoner interrogations, and private letters and diaries. These help re-create the compelling human drama of the most terrible battle in modern warfare.… (more)

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