199 Days: The Battle for Stalingrad by Edwin P. Hoyt

By Edwin P. Hoyt

Для сайта:Мир книгThe epic conflict of Stalingrad can be remembered as one among history’s such a lot savage conflicts. right here world-renowned army historian Edwin P. Hoyt tells the total tale of this bloody conflict, utilizing files from Moscow and American documents in addition to first-person testimonials from Stalingrad’s heroic survivors.With the dramatic strength of a chief storyteller, Hoyt recreates the phrases and deeds of the battle’s chiefparticipants: its ruthless warlords, Hitler and Stalin; its fabled generals, von Paulus and Marshal Zhukov; its infantrymen and civilians who fought, bled and died. during this thought-provoking and grimly interesting booklet, Hoyt supplies a few startling and illuminating insights into this significant conflict.

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Attack was the order of the day. " Zhukov was to smash the enemy, drive to Vyazma and beyond on March 5, and on his left other Russian forces were to "liquidate" the enemy in the Bryansk area. To do this Zhukov needed reserve troops and he got some, but the quality was steadily declining. No more Siberian or Urals divisions were available. These new troops were retreads, leftovers from the broken mass armies of the year before, and hastily enlisted factory workers and farm boys. And now time and the change of seasons was to play another major role.

But these were in short supply. The Russians also had the katyusha—known as Stalin's Organs—multiple rocket launchers which could put up a barrage from thirty-six barrels carried on the back of a truck. The Germans copied the katyusha and introduced it in 1943 in North Africa as the nebelwerfer. They also supplemented their own very effective 88mm guns with the Russian 76mm antitank guns captured in the early days of the Stalin suicidal army attacks. The German infantry was going into action with the same weapons used the previous summer.

Then, having given the Red Army a major defeat in the south, the Germans would move large forces north along the Volga River and cut the communications of the Russian armies defending Moscow, while sending probes to the Urals. THE CITY OF STALIN In those early months of 1942 Stalingrad was very much on Hitler's mind, although he had not yet been able to determine exactly the place it would occupy in his war policy. In Hitler's preoccupation with Stalin as the supreme dictator, he had mentioned several times the importance of the Germans taking the city of Stalin, partly for its propaganda value as Stalin's namesake, partly because of its importance as the industrial center of the Don basin and the Volga.

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