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  • Paperback: 247 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 01 edition (6 Nov. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0582771854
  • ISBN-13: 978-0582771857
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 646,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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`This is vintage history at its best. The author provides fascinating insights into the epic Battle of Stalingrad including a skilful examination of the profound consequences of its outcome.'
–Albert Axell

`Roberts makes excellent sense of events on the battlefield, but his book is more than just a good story. It also places the battle definitively in the historical and political context of World War II and Stalin's dictatorship.'
–Mark Harrison

`fresh, lucid and highly readable ... combines compelling narrative with powerful analysis.'
Edward Acton

`Geoffrey Roberts has written a brilliant introductory survey of the battle of Stalingrad.'
–Dennis Ogden

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`This is vintage history at its best…The author provides fascinating insights into the epic Battle of Stalingrad including a skilful examination of the profound consequences of its outcome.’ Albert Axell

`Roberts makes excellent sense of events on the battlefield, but his book is more than just a good story. It also places the battle definitively in the historical and political context of World War II and Stalin's dictatorship.’ Mark Harrison

`fresh, lucid and highly readable…combines compelling narrative with powerful analysis.’ Edward Acton

`Geoffrey Roberts has written a brilliant introductory survey of the battle of Stalingrad’ Dennis Ogden

Sixty years ago the Battle of Stalingrad determined the outcome of the Second World War and the shape of Europe for the rest of the 20th century.

Victory at Stalingrad

tells the gripping strategic and military story of that battle. The hard-won Soviet victory prevented Hitler from waging the Second World War for another ten years and set the Germans on the road to defeat. The Soviet victory also prevented the Nazis from completing the Final Solution, the wholesale destruction of European Jewry, which began with Hitler’s "War of Annihilation" against the Soviets on the Eastern Front.

Geoffrey Roberts places the conflict in the context of the clash between two mighty powers:their world views and their leaders. He presents a great human drama, highlighting the contribution made by political and military leaders on both sides. He shows that the real story of the battle was the Soviets’ failure to achieve their greatest ambition: to deliver an immediate, war-winning knockout blow to the Germans.

This provocative reassessment presents new evidence and challenges the myths and legends that surround both the battle and the key personalities who led and planned it.

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By A Customer on 20 Mar. 2003
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Having read two of Mr Roberts' other books, I was eagerly awaiting the publication of Victory at Stalingrad. My grandfather was killed at Stalingrad so I had a personal interest in reading this book. I was not disappointed. Mr Roberts details the events of this amazing period in World War II with great understanding and does full justice to the people who lost their lives, and the true significance of the battle.
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Describing the American Civil war the then president described it as a fiery trial. Geoffrey Roberts has given us an account of another fiery trial. The book is an excellent read, describing not only the victory at Stalingrad but a short gripping account of the conflict on the eastern front. It is brief and to the point as well as having a factual analysis of the historical event.
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Describing the American Civil war the then president described it as a fiery trial. Geoffrey Roberts has given us an account of another fiery trial. The book is an excellent read, describing not only the victory at Stalingrad but a short gripping account of the conflict on the eastern front. It is brief and to the point as well as having a factual analysis of the historical event.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The indispensable starting point 22 Mar. 2003
By David S. Painter - Published on Amazon.com
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Anyone interested in the history of World War II should read this book. In less than 200 pages Geoffrey Roberts analyzes the battle of Stalingrad and places it in the context of the entire war. In addition to providing a balanced, concise, and informative account of the battle and its importance, the book includes such valuable features as a chronology of the battle, 11 maps, a glossary of military terms, biographical notes on the main participants, and an invaluable guide to further reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good 10 Mar. 2006
By Lloyd Elliott - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Stalingrad enthusiasts will like this book very much, even though the true Stalingrad scholar will always favour Stopped at Stalingrad by Dr Joel Hayward and The Road to Stalingrad by Professor John Erickson. This particular book here is not as thorough or new in terms of ideas, but is the best of the smaller accessable books. It's an interesting read too. I do commend Geoffrey Roberts.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book. 29 April 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Having read two of Geoffrey Roberts' other books, I was eagerly awaiting the publication of "Victory at Stalingrad". My grandfather was killed in Stalingrad so I had a personal interest in reading about this period of the war. I was not disappointed. Roberts details the events of this amazing period of World War II with great understanding and does full justice to the true significance of the battle and the people who lost their lives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This fiery trial 10 Mar. 2003
By muiris - Published on Amazon.com
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Describing the American Civil war the then president described it as a fiery trial. Geoffrey Roberts has given us an account of another fiery trial. The book is an excellent read, describing not only the victory at Stalingrad but a short gripping account of the conflict on the eastern front. It is brief and to the point as well as having a factual analysis of the historical event.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A condensation of select aspects of the Russo-German war, not just Stalingrad 13 April 2009
By Dave Schranck - Published on Amazon.com
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If you have some experience on this subject, it won't take long to determine the author is very well read on the war. His knowledge is impressive. This is confirmed when the list of references is revealed. It reflects the elite authors of America, England, Germany and Russia who have envious reputations and Mr Roberts' book is a noteworthy condensation of those authors. The list is too long to mention all the names but a sampling is: Erickson, Werth, Beevor, Clark, Churchill, Walsh, Varrant, Chuikov, Glantz, Boog and many others.

The author describes the reasons why Hitler went to war which are the same basic reasons for Stalingrad, a brief summary of the battle and finally the impact of the battle for the rest of war and beyond. The success at Stalingrad gave the Russians the momentum needed and would be able to control the rest of the war. The Germans would be strategetically on the defensive for the remainder of the war. The author does a good job of explaining this Russian turnaround. The first part and the third part are each larger than the battle summary which is unbelievably short.

The author also includes a logical progression of 11 maps in overview. A partial list reflect Operations Barbarossa, Blue, Uranus, Little Saturn, Mars. The maps are an overview and have modest details. After the maps, a limited chronology is provided. The entries are very basic.

If you're looking for a high level, concise overview of the reasons and ramifications for the battle and of the Soviet victory at Stalingrad, then give this book serious consideration. If you're looking for the tactical coverage of the actual battle, which the title implies, then you will be woefully disappointed with this book. For a concise but good rendition of the battle, let me suggest Walsh or Tarrant. The new books by Glantz are the ultimate for tactical coverage of the first phases of Operation Blue and the assault on Stalingrad.
If you're looking for a quality high level overview of select issues of the war then this is worth your consideration; just be aware that its not a comprehensive overview.
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