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    Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege: by Antony Beevor. Read online, or download in secure EPUB format. Editorial Reviews. Review. Hitler made two fundamental and crippling mistakes Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege: - Kindle edition by Antony Beevor. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or. Editorial Reviews. Review. Hitler made two fundamental and crippling mistakes Stalingrad - Kindle edition by Antony Beevor. Download it once.

    The classic international million copy bestseller recounting the epic turning point of the second world war. In October , a Panzer officer wrote 'Stalingrad is no longer a town Animals flee this hell; the hardest stones cannot bear it for long; only men endure'. The battle for Stalingrad became the focus of Hitler and Stalin's determination to win the gruesome, vicious war on the eastern front. The citizens of Stalingrad endured unimaginable hardship; the battle, with fierce hand-to-hand fighting in each room of each building, was brutally destructive to both armies. But the eventual victory of the Red Army, and the failure of Hitler's Operation Barbarossa, was the first defeat of Hitler's territorial ambitions in Europe, and the start of his decline.

    Once the preliminaries are taken care of, and the focus is placed on General Paulus' fight for Stalingrad, things get better. At the very least, the writing is at times vivid and evocative.

    Beevor has a novelistic flair for creating memorable images. Take, for instance, this description of Russian troops crossing the Volga to enter Stalingrad: The crossing was probably most eerie for those in the rowing boats, as the water gently slapped the bow, and the rowlocks creaked in unison.

    The distant crack of rifle shots and the thump of shell bursts sounded hollow over the expanse of river. Then, German artillery, mortars and any machine-guns close enough to the bank switched their aim.

    Columns of water were thrown up in midstream, drenching the occupants of the boats. The silver bellies of stunned fish soon glistened on the surface Some men stared at the water around them to avoid the sight of the far bank, rather like a climber refusing to look down. Others, however, kept glancing ahead to the blazing buildings on the western shore, their steel-helmeted heads instinctively withdrawn into the shoulders As darkness intensified, the huge flames silhouetted the shells of tall buildings on the bank high above them and cast grotesque shadows.

    Sparks flew up in the night air As they approached the shore, they caught the smell of charred buildings and the sickly stench from decaying corpses under the rubble. Even during this middle section of the book, while the Germans were still on the offensive, I still had problems with the book's coherence.

    A lot of times, the paragraphs on the page seemed absolute strangers to each other. Also, many paragraphs just left me scratching my head. For instance, one paragraph dealing with the Russian response to deserition stated that "[o:]n a rare occasion The proposition in the paragraph was that sometimes even the Russians realized they were nuts; but instead of supporting this statement, Beevor tells a story that shows just the opposite.

    This is not to get nit-picky, but as I read, I often had this almost unconscious sensation that something was slightly off. The final third of the book, though, is quite strong. Once the Germans are on the defensive, battling Russians and the winter, Beevor's narrative really grips you. It's a good book to read while sitting in an armchair on a frigid February day so you can sympathize, without having to empathize.

    Along with the details of battle, there are fascinating discussions is fascinating the right word? Stalingrad is a hard battle to write about. There are big troop movements leading up to the fight in the city. And there are big troop movements that lead to the encirclement of the German Army. However, most of the bitter fighting within the city itself was small unit action. There are certain locations of note - such as the Tractor Factory - but a lot of the descriptions of the fighting are vague and generalized, since they come from the individual soldiers, and they certainly couldn't know what was going on.

    Beevor is at his absolute best when he leaves the generalities and finds a specific character or two to follow for a couple of pages. This takes humility and great skill. If you've read them, you know what I mean. Paperback Verified download. I initially read this book some 15 years ago and a whole lot went way over my head. Stalingrad was the first of Beevor's epic world war 2 history books, meticulously researched with an immense amount of detail, technical and personal, without being overwhelming you get to understand certain things such as the advantages of the T over the Panzer IV in simple terms T was easier to produce, had broader tracks, etc rather than giving hyper specifics like precise barrel calibers and engine efficiencies or the like.

    We also get loads of personal insight into various Russian and german generals, including of Hitler and Stalin themselves, and you get to see that this event was essentially the breaking point for Hitler, where he became completely unhinged and lost all touch with the reality on the ground. If you've ever read an Antony Beevor work on world war 2, you essentially know how it goes, and the immense level of detail you get.

    The only problem I have with this book is that, unlike later books of his, this one has precious few maps, and the maps we do get are strictly related to the operations launched.

    As such, they tend not to focus on areas and cities which are repeatedly mentioned and often the site of major movements or the beginning of major counter offensives. Sometimes there will be repeated mentions of certain rivers which appear on the map, but aren't properly labelled. Story gets wordy and repetitive at times, but if you want to get a good sense for all-out war It covers the entire 2 year battle in graphic detail, from the initial planning of Operation Barbarossa to the final surrender of the German 6th Army.

    Coming through loud and clear in this book: The terror of the war between two merciless armies, a war that went way beyond the battlefields. The decisions and plans of the two dictators and their senior military officers that were successful Life in the foxholes with the common soldiers. Commonplace murder and torture of POWs by both sides. In-human German atrocities towards Russian civilians German SS massacring all the Jews and communists that they laid their hands on.

    In-human atrocities toward Russian civilians by the Russians themselves The extreme sacrifice of the Russian people to hold the Stalingrad area at any cost no retreat Russia's huge contribution to the Allied war effort with their 'stand' at Stalingrad This is a good account of a critical WW II battle, but it's a fairly long book, so plan on spending some time with it.

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