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  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Staldata Publications (7 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 979-1093222059
  • ASIN: B00JISUJXS
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 233,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*As with my review for the volume 1, it is worth noting that this atlas covers a period of 35 days of roughly the mid stage of the battle, in the Industrial Districts in the North of the city, from the brief lull following the fighting in the Southern parts of the city, to the period immediately before the Soviet counter attack.

As with his earlier volume, the Stalingrad Battle Atlas is a unique series regarding the Battle of Stalingrad. The book is not a long chronicle of the fighting, but instead gives succinct summaries of each day's events, with specially created maps showing the events of the day. Much of what I said in the review for Volume I (found here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Stalingrad-Battle-Atlas-Anton-Joly/dp/B00GMP6IBM ) remains true, and all the praise given there is wholly applicable to Volume II as well.

To paraphrase, by drawing on a wide range of materials, accounts, maps and sketch maps, Joly presents maps for every day of combat, allowing the flow of battle to be accurately followed, as well as understanding the context of each day's events, and the units involved. It is a companion to the larger histories of the battle par excellance, and would compliment any history of the battle, be it by Glantz or Beevor.

This book should not be taken as a history of the battle that stands up well on its own, as it covers one period within the battle. Moreover, whilst Joly does give summaries of the day's situations and events, they are by the nature of the book brief and give an overview, but that is no bad thing given what the author is trying to achieve.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dr. John Aupers on 23 July 2014
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The story goes on 29 July 2014
By DAUVEL - Published on Amazon.com
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Same format, same review as for volume I. The period covered is slightly longer. The previous book ended just before the climatic German assault on the factories: this part is fully detailed in the present volume. In turn, book 2 ends on the eve of the Soviet Uranus offensive in November 1942.

Mr.Joly did a great job of research and mapping. The ideal handbook of the Stalingrad Battle referring to the fighting in the city itself. I don't know if this will be covered in upcoming publications, but if they will be as good as these, in which case the series should definitely constitute a landmark in the literature about this campaign.
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Clear, concise, precise 13 Aug. 2014
By baikonour - Published on Amazon.com
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The comment already made for volume I could be pretty much the same for volume II, its continuation. Here the only noticeable change lays in the scale used for the maps, since this second period sees the Germans struggling even more for each foot of land, their assault concentrating on the industrial district. Consequently, the city areas (mostly factories) appear on map twice as large as in volume I, which makes them somewhat blurry but never interferes with the readability. Here we see that both sides were actually fighting for each yard, corner and recess, and the Soviet were defending with their backs to the Volga.
An impressive account.
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Stalingrad Day-By-Day (Part 2) 30 Jun. 2014
By Dr. Michael A. Rinella - Published on Amazon.com
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It's got lots of maps, a few photos, orders of battle and individual unit strengths at the divisional level. Day-by-day look at the battle, spiced up with quotes from actual participants (mostly Soviet, a few German). The primary weakness is it's "done on my manual typewriter" appearance and some English language issues - it reads like a mediocre translation (from Russian into English perhaps) in places. This second volume also has to contend with the declining weariness of both sides. Unlike the first volume where there was something happening every day there are days here where nothing happened due to rain or both sides reorganizing.
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Original and enlightening 17 Jan. 2015
By lionking - Published on Amazon.com
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Just like the first one, the second volume of this series focuses on the battle inside Stalingrad city proper (no coverage of operations on the flanks). The fighting in October was even more fierce than in September, if possible. Apart from its peculiar print (a controversial old-style font set that may appeal or not), there is no big surprise here, only neat description of events with plenty of illustrations. Though not without some minor flaws (which prevented me from giving five stars), this is definitely a must-have for anyone interested in Stalingrad.
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Full coverage of the action in the industrial district 1 Jan. 2015
By Miss Helene C Miceli - Published on Amazon.com
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Same as for Volume 1. In Volume 2 the maps are even more magnified because of the very small scale used. Just imagine: this book does not only deal with operations at city-scale, but also covers action inside every factory workshop and recess, the units involved are battalions and companies rather than divisions or regiments. A great contribution to the subject.
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