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Stalingrad by Antony Beevor

Stalingrad (1998)

by Antony Beevor (Author), Ole Steen Hansen (Translator), Artemis Cooper (Author), Ida Worsaae Petersen (Translator), Janus René Andersen (Cover designer)

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Authors:Antony Beevor (Author)
Other authors:Ole Steen Hansen (Translator), Artemis Cooper (Author), Ida Worsaae Petersen (Translator), Janus René Andersen (Cover designer)
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Stalingrad by Antony Beevor (1998)


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After a long run-up, and some complications (I accidentally knocked over some water onto my first copy of it), I got to finish this mammoth piece of historical litterature. And like the previous book of his I read (Berlin 1945), Beevor flat out blew me away with this one. The depth of research, the unfiltered portrayals of cruelty, destruction, human suffering - and trench humour - is frankly immense.

I knew a little about the Battle of Stalingrad before I picked this tome up and began reading, but after finishing it, I feel educated - but also astonished. Astonished about the depths of human depravity, astonished at the spineless sycophancy of German staff officers, and astonished at the fact that this took place only about 75 years ago.

If you have not already, read this damn book. You WILL NOT regret it - if you like your history books well-written and impeccably researched. ( )
  jakadk | May 3, 2017 |
By all accounts, the battle of Stalingrad was the turning point for the Allies in World War 2. Anthony Beevor presents a gripping and disturbing protrayal of both sides of the conflict, from Hitler's betrayal and subsequent reckoning to Stalin's initial shock and then vindication as the battle, and subsequently the war, was won.

The cost in human terms of this battle is difficult to understand, Germany lost enough men that the Allies ultimate victory was assured, but the cost to Russia in terms of soldiers and civilian casualties was staggering. Immense in scope, brutal with the accounts of both sides practicing "total war", this book is well worth reading. ( )
  bhuesers | Mar 29, 2017 |
The history of the war on the Eastern Front is the story of unfathomable atrocities, sufferings and disregard for humanity. Beevors book is focusing on the human side, the soldiers and the civilians, caught in this monstrous war between two opposing ideologies.
And he does it very well. As always the langauge is easy read. And highly recommendable. (But be warned: This book is not for the faint-hearted) ( )
  JesperCFS2 | Mar 13, 2017 |
Excellent history. Hard to put down, yet horrible to read about the cruelty on both sides. This is why they say ‘War is Hell’. This book is not for the squeamish. ( )
  ramon4 | Nov 26, 2016 |
Gripping story of horror and ignorance. Take a moment to think of the non- combatants who existed through this horror. May this stupid arrogance never be repeated. I enjoyed the read as a side book as I couldn't read straight through. the facts overrode the writing style but very gripping and revealing. well worth it. ( )
  Brumby18 | Aug 14, 2016 |
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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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