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The battle in which both sides were the bad guys....,
By A Customer
This review is from: Stalingrad (Hardcover)
The author does a good job of conveying the descent into the horror and despair of Stalingrad. When the Axis offensive started, the confident German ground troops waved happily to the supporting Stukas overhead, who acknowledged the gesture by switching on their sirens.
Within a few months, and despite the Soviet commissars' propensity for slaughtering their own side - some 15,000 were executed for acts of "treason", such as failing to dissuade one's comrades from retreating - the shivering, lice-ridden Germans started to die, unwounded in battle, of cold, hunger, sleep deprivation, and despair.
Even with defeat, the ordeal was not over; not until 1956 was the last surviving German PoW released.
In a gleaming white city on the Volga, the forces of Nazism and Communism jointly created a little terrestrial Hell. Beevor achieves the near-impossible here: he actually makes you feel just a little sorry for the Germans who went there, never to return.