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Stalingrad: The Vital 7 Days Paperback – 21 Mar 2005


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(Location: Hampshire) has worked in journalism and publishing since 1972 specializing in military history. He was Army editor of the magazine Defence from 1983-90 and has written more than 15 books. He served with the 7th Armoured Brigade in the Gulf War.

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A competent Primer of a Key Battle 17 Mar. 2010
By Dave Schranck - Published on Amazon.com
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This book like Mr Fowler's other illustrated books in the WWII series is a good beginner's book that has a broad range of topics. The book begins with a brief summary of Operation Barbarossa and quickly moves to a more detailed discussion of Operation Blue. (the initial engagements of 6th Army etc before reaching the Don River bend) Starting in late August 1942 Paulus reaches the city limits of Stalingrad where the fighting escalates. The coverage is not comprehensive but it does cover the highlights of the battle: the see-saw battles for the rail station and Mamayev Kurgan, the grain elevator, the heroic stand of Rodimtsev and the 39th GRD on the banks of the Volga, and of course the battles for the factories. There is little coverage of Hube in the north or Hoth in the south. The fighting in the Caucasus is not covered.
Operation Uranus, the closing of the pocket and the surrender are also covered. Operation Little Saturn is mentioned but not gone into very deeply.

There are eleven color computer generated maps which had nice eye appeal and were helpful. The maps include the city fighting with troop dispositions of the three major offensives. In addition to the battle history, the author also provides many interesting side-bars. Key people include Paulus, Richthoffen, Zhukov, Chuikov, Vatutin and Yeremenko. Coverage also covers key weapons: rifles, machine guns, flamethrowers, rocket launchers, tank rifles, tanks, artillery, planes and uniforms. Other side-bars include women in the Russian Army, storm troopers, Hiwis, Death squads, weapon production, the Volga Flotilla and Total War Concept and much more.
There are many interesting photos to study and include fighting scenes, the ruins and the people still living there. A brief Order of Battle, a Bibliography of secondary sources and an Index round out the book.

As a primer, this overview provides a lot of information (more breadth than depth) for the new student or casual reader. It would make a good foundation from which to build on if the pivotal battle interests you. It was not intended to complete with books by Glantz, Beevor, Jones, Hayward, Walsh or Tarrant and as such was rated on a different scale, less stringent.
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Junk, Pt. 2 13 Sept. 2007
By B. Grant - Published on Amazon.com
This book was reviewed not long after it's release, by about a dozen Amazon readers, who mostly panned it.
I wonder why they, Amazon, saw fit to censure the original reviews...
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