Stalingrad the Vital 7 Days: The German's Last Desperate Attempt to Capture the City: October 1942 Hardcover – 1 Apr 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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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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.
Can you, in your wildest imagination see him being published, by say, Knopf, Penguin, or RZM? Of course you can't!
Where does he come from?
I wonder why they, Amazon, saw fit to censure the original reviews...