The Complete Story of two of the most decisive battles fought during World War 2. The Road to Stalingrad In August 1942 Hitler s huge Sixth Army reached the City that bore Stalin s name. In the five month siege that followed the Russians fought to hold Stalingrad at any cost. They then, in an astonishing reversal, encircled and trapped their Nazi enemy. This epic battle for the ruins of a city cost more than a million lives. The Road to Berlin The Germans had repulsed every Russian attempt to drive across the Oder river to Berlin. However during early April, Stalin concentrated a tremendous force between Stettin and Breslau in reparation for a final blow against Germany. They struck on the night of April 16-17 and no one in Berlin had any hope of stopping the massive Russian offensive.