Victory at Stalingrad: The Battle That Changed History Paperback – 6 Nov 2002
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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.'
`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.'
`fresh, lucid and highly readable ... combines compelling narrative with powerful analysis.'
`Geoffrey Roberts has written a brilliant introductory survey of the battle of Stalingrad.'
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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.See all Product Description
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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.