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Disaster at Stalingrad: An Alternate History [Kindle Edition]

Peter Tsouras
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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It is early September 1942 and the German commander of the Sixth Army, General Paulus, assisted by the Fourth Panzer Army, is poised to advance on the Russian city of Stalingrad. His primary mission was to take the city, crushing this crucial center of communication and manufacturing, and to secure the valuable oil fields in the Caucasus.

What happens next is well known to any student of modern history: a brutal war of attrition, characterized by fierce hand-to-hand combat, that lasted for nearly two years, and the eventual victory by a resolute Soviet Red Army. A ravaged German Army was pushed into full retreat. This was the first defeat of Hitler’s territorial ambitions in Europe and a critical turning point of WWII.

But the outcome could have been very different, as Peter Tsouras demonstrates in this fascinating alternate history of this fateful battle. By introducing minor - and realistic - adjustments, Tsouras presents a scenario in which the course of the battle runs quite differently, which in turn throws up disturbing possibilities regarding the outcome of the whole war.


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About the Author

PETER TSOURAS is a respected military historian and the author of Disaster at D-Day, Hitler Victorious, Gettysburg: An Alternate History, Third Reich Victorious and Cold War Hot.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 16996 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Frontline Books (18 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HESTEE4
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,826 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Germans win Stalingrad!?! 28 May 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I was hugely impressed with this alternative history, I had to keep reminding myself that this was actually fiction and not a real history. Very cleverly written.

I have read many alternative history novels and stories before and this really has to be one of the best ones. I have also read many of the authors previous books before and had mixed feelings about some of them but this is easily the best book he has written.

SPOILER ALERTS -

An interesting plot begins with the Heydrich surviving his Prague posting and working closely with German Intelligence, a new strategy with the German Navy completely destroying and stopping Allied Arctic Convoys supplying the USSR, Turkey coming in to the war on the German side, Manstein taking over strategy on the Stalingrad front with Paulus being transferred back to Germany all combine in to a plot where the Germans win the battle of Stalingrad and change the whole course of the war!

I wont say much more and leave you to discover the details of how the above happens and to discover the interesting conclusions but it really is a great read.

And the previous two reviewers are discussing the size of the book? Its a standard sized hardback novel with some pictures, photos and maps throughout.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Brilliant "what-if" book written in a style reminiscent of Tom Clancy's Red Storm Rising with a view of the war on the Eastern Front from the perspective of real and interesting historical characters e.g Ulrich Rudel (great autobiography by the way)
I was totally gripped by this booked and literally finished it in two sittings (very unusual for me).
Author clearly has an excellent knowledge of the subject and nicely includes the known personalities of those involved like Manstein and Paulus.
Very believable account and nicely written.
If I have any negatives it would be that it's a little too tidily sewn up at the end (although the pedant in me baulks at Messerschmitt Bf109's being called Me109's...grrrr)
As a student of WW2 military Ostfront history I enjoyed it immensely.
Must get some more of this guy's books!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Land battles fine sea battles mmmmmmmmmm 31 Jan. 2014
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Usually with Mr Tsouras books come away happy with the alternative story. Not so with this one. Although the book states it's is well researched there are too many niggling errors regarding ship specific details and the ease that some ships are sunk just to fit the story alternative path in history. Mmmmm
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4.0 out of 5 stars Credible and engaging might-have been. 14 Aug. 2014
Format:Hardcover
This is well-written, credible and engaging. Though I also doubt the naval battle outcome (the KGVs were tough) the book underlines the importance of the arctic convoys to Russia, and the valour of those who served in them. Only reservation is that more maps are needed to keep pace with the action.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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As written above a good alternative history should have some relevance to the story it is telling. Where alternative makes nonsense of something that could not have happened as this boook has. I did not care gor iot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Milhist
Format:Kindle Edition
An enjoyable alternative history in the same vein as the author's Disaster at D-Day: The Germans Defeat the Allies,June 1944 and similar to Moscow Option: An Alternative Second World War.

If I was going to point out a weakness I thought the naval battle over PQ17 a little far fetched.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting POD 18 May 2014
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The first half of the book leaves you thinking "What's this all about?" The second part of the book pulls it all together and I absolutely LOVED Tsouras's little joke at the very end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Faction 5 Mar. 2014
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Enjoyable comic romp through World War two its a shame that the war did,nt finish then with the 2 evil tyrants getting their comeuppance1
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