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Stalingrad: The Battle that Shattered Hitler's Dream of World Domination [Kindle Edition]

Rupert Matthews
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This is the new Popular Reference edition of the fully-illustrated title, ASIN B00BI2X3B2.

The bitter Battle of Stalingrad on the Eastern Front was the turning point of World War II. The relentless and unstoppable German advances that had seen the panzers sweep hundreds of miles into Russia was finally brought to a halt. The elite German 6th Army was first fought to a standstill, then surrounded and forced to surrender.

Over 1.5 million people lost their lives during the six months of fighting, many of them civilians caught up in the campaign. For the first time in the war, the German army had been defeated on the field of battle. Before Stalingrad the Russians never won; after Stalingrad they could not lose.

This book looks at the titanic struggle that ended in the total destruction of the second city of the Soviet Union, the greatest battle the world has ever seen.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3157 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Arcturus (8 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GJSW5WS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,604 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Rupert has written over 170 books, appearing on television and radio as a presenter and consultant. These have mostly been on history or military subjects, though in recent years he has been writing about ghosts, cryptozoology, UFOs and other paranormal subjects.

Rupert twitters under the name of "rupertmatthews" and has a page on FaceBook as "Rupert Matthews".

Rupert blogs about history at http://thehistorymanatlarge.blogspot.com/
and about ghosts, UFOs, unknown animals and other aspects of the unexplained at http://ghosthunteratlarge.blogspot.com/

Rupert was born in Dorking, England, in 1961 and was educated at his local Church of England junior school, then at his local grammar school. He later took up a career in publishing as an editor and writer. He went freelance in 1988 and since then has worked mostly as a writer, columnist and tv presenter. Rupert has established himself as a leading speaker to lunches and dinners, speaking on subjects as varied as RAF Bomber Command at War; Your Local Ghosts; How Medieval women led society; How the publishing industry works; The Arrowstorm; The Yeti is real!; The real King Arthur; and the biography of Father Christmas.

He now lives in Surrey, England, with his wife and daughter.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars downfall 27 Sept. 2013
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this is a really good read for anyone interested in WW2 and the battles that standout as turning points in it giving a lot of detail and facts. it is a striking story of the hardships that the people had to endure and how sheer determination can keep you fighting through to a final victory. written with a lot of detail and I would recommend it as a first class history book
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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This book sets the battle for Stalingrad into the context of both the war on the Eastern Front and the Second World War as a whole. It is a very good introduction to the subject, though is probably not going to add much to the knowledge of anyone who is already well read on the Great Patriotic War. It is very readable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TubeReader 1 July 2013
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Well documented and easy to read. A good balance between the story and the military facts. Out of the many historical accounts I have read, this is amongst the best and for the price, well worth enjoying.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stalingrad 24 Dec. 2013
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Very informative and I believe factually correct, gives a good account of the problems faced on the western front, and a picture of the Russian resolve.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very readable and well organised 31 Aug. 2014
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I have already read books on this terrible battle, I've watched as many films and history programmes I can find so half expected this book to be more of the same... it is and it isn't. Yes the facts are there obviously but the writer gives so much more and presents his work in an extremely readable way. He gives so much detail about the backgrounds of the conflict and he does so with a direct and conversation type way that I know they will stick in my mind. The way the chapters are organised in a way that you don't find yourself trawling through overly long chapters with well placed sub-headings. This made a recent tram trip very easy as the book can be put down / picked up / repeat as necessary... I would tell anyone interested in Stalingrad and the World War in general to buy this. Actually even if your not interested in Stalingrad or the World War then buy it anyway because anyone could read this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read history on a great battle 29 Mar. 2014
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I have read lots of books on Starlingrad , but this book is great for any one who wants an overview of this great battle .
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book 25 Oct. 2013
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Very informative , easily read , book you could pick up at any page and enjoy , a good overall view of the battle
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Brilliant. The scale of this Eastern front is brought in to focus in this fast moving account of the savage and brutal war as the fortunes swing back and forth. We in the West tend to see the Second World War from our perspective, naturally, but the sheer numbers involved on this front is mind boggling. Truly the war was lost here in the great expanse of Russia and the catalyst for this turning point was Stalingrad. No one can really appreciate the horror and despair experienced by the civilians and the troops on both sides. You can only try and imagine the suffering, the relentless cold, starvation, disease and hopelessness all in this burnt out urban sprawl. The book doesn't dwell over long on the details in the city and in fact the book covers much more of the events and Generals, decision makers and armies that led up to Stalingrad and what followed afterwards.
I devoured this book, my only criticism it would have enhanced the book further if there had been a few maps dotted about between chapters as it's hard to visualise all the locations and distances involved. The build up was also very interesting, I didn't know much about how the other countries were sucked in to the struggle. Top Marks Mr Matthews.
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