By Edwin P. Hoyt
The tale of the siege via the acclaimed writer of Hitler's WarIn 199 Days, acclaimed historian Edwin P. Hoyt depicts the epic conflict for Stalingrad in all its electrifying pleasure and savage horror. greater than the bloodiest skirmish in history-a momentous clash costing 3 million lives-the siege was once a hinge upon which the process background rested. Had the crimson military fallen, the Nazi juggernaut may have rolled over Russia. Had the German's now not held out in the course of these previous few months, Stalin might have painted Europe crimson. Now, over 50 years after the main remarkable conflict of the second one millenium, the reality approximately this decisive second is ultimately published.
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The scene was a German salient on the Don River called the Izyum Bulge. The north face of the bulge was protected by General Friedrich von Paulus and his 6th Army. They held in spite of repeated Russian attack, and the bulge was saved. But it was in the center that the Russians really threatened. By mid-January the 4th Army was struggling desperately to survive, with Hitler scolding them every time they retired a foot. On January 19 General Ludwig Kuebler, commander of the 4th Army, quit, and he was replaced by Colonel General Gothard Heinrici.
In October they had confidently talked about having the troops home for Christmas. In November they had realized that it was not going to happen, but they had refused to face the problem: overextension. They had ignored it and just now they were having to face it. Halder told Hitler that German army strength was down 25 percent from the early days of the campaign. Hitler snorted at this statement. Numbers meant nothing, he said. The Russians had lost ten times as many men as the Germans. If they had three times as many in the beginning, that still meant the Russians were worse off..
The deliveries fell short of the supplies needed, but they kept the German troops going and gave the Luftwaffe and Hitler confidence in its ability to carry out sustained airlift, a matter that would become of supreme importance in the Battle of Stalingrad. The sparring continued until April, when the spring thaw turned the land into a sea of mud and stopped virtually all military activity. In May the Soviets opened a drive on Kharkov, and the Germans responded with a counteroffensive. Hitler had proved his point.
199 Days : The Battle for Stalingrad by Edwin P. Hoyt