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Stalingrad: The Infernal Cauldron (Great Battles) Hardcover – Illustrated, 28 Apr 2013

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Amber Books Ltd; New Edition edition (28 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190916058X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909160583
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.5 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,435,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Stephen Walsh furnishes an exceptionally cogent and comprehensive narration of the background, progressive phases and aftermath of the action." --Publisher's Weekly

"Anthony Beevor s book on Stalingrad is wholly worthy of its fame. Fortunately for publishers, there are many ways to write history and Stephen Walsh's account Stalingrad: The Infernal Cauldron offers a strong alternative: a military history. Walsh may cover the same ground ... but his is a narrative of logistics and tactical planning, an account of where troops moved and fought, why plans were conceived and what they meant militarily... Walsh's text considers the limits of German national power and the nature of Vernichtungschlacht warfare... anyone who likes reading will enjoy Beevor, but someone who wants the military specifics and contexts will benefit more from Walsh. "A definite strength of The Infernal Cauldron is the presentation: the pages are large, glossy and filled with illustrations, the majority being black and white photographs. The 169 photographs scattered throughout the book are very good, ranging from shots of the individual commanders to wide panoramas, from staged pictures to those taken as battle raged. While Beevor's book lacks detailed descriptions of Stalingrad's ruined buildings or the form of Russian tanks, Walsh's presents them for you, often to chilling effect: how many readers can really imagine the piles of bodies or shattered cityscapes? "Another bonus is a chapter on Army Group A and their campaign in the Caucasus, an event presumably omitted from Beevor's book on grounds of relevance, but one which helps place the siege on context. "Walsh's book is an excellent military history, but Beevor's is better suited to a broader audience: in terms of text, neither is more wrong nor right than the other, but Walsh feels like a documentary and Beevor like a feature film. It might seem unfair to constantly compare The Infernal Cauldron to Beevor's Stalingrad, but I urge everyone who reads one to study the other too. No one should miss out on Beevor's style and treatment of both history and humanity, while The Infernal Cauldron is a superb, maybe even essential, companion to Stalingrad thanks to its illustrations." --About.com

About the Author

Stephen Walsh is a Senior Lecturer in War Studies at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, UK, specialising in Soviet military history. He has contributed to The Military Year Book and The Hutchinson Book of World War II Battle Plans. He lives in the south of England.


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