By Edwin P. Hoyt
Для сайта:Мир книгThe epic conflict of Stalingrad can be remembered as one in every of history’s such a lot savage conflicts. the following world-renowned army historian Edwin P. Hoyt tells the entire tale of this bloody conflict, utilizing files from Moscow and American data in addition to first-person testimonials from Stalingrad’s heroic survivors.With the dramatic energy of a major storyteller, Hoyt recreates the phrases and deeds of the battle’s chiefparticipants: its ruthless warlords, Hitler and Stalin; its fabled generals, von Paulus and Marshal Zhukov; its infantrymen and civilians who fought, bled and died. during this thought-provoking and grimly interesting e-book, Hoyt provides a few startling and illuminating insights into this important conflict.
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Like so many of the statistics that came out of this war on the Eastern Front, you could take your choice or believe neither. So all the Russian spring offensives were a total failure, and they reduced the Russian forces significantly. The Russians had given Timoshenko most of their tanks, and these were lost. Now the Russian forces in the field had about two hundred tanks, giving the Germans a better than ten-to-one advantage. 17 The Germans were nearly ready for the opening of Operation Blau.
This grim news reached the Eastern Front in the early minutes of the new year. To make the orders more palatable, Hitler tried a ploy he was to repeat at Stalingrad: he elevated the 3rd and 4th groups to army status, although the physical strength of each was more like that of a corps. Hitler gave a New Year's proclamation to Germany's people which was carried in the Volkischer Beobachter, the Nazi Party newspaper. He spoke of the victories of 1941, and promised more for 1942, and he lamented the series of events that had forced war on him, Adolf Hitler, a man of peace.
But the Germans fought doggedly. They sealed off the Russian salient in a pocket and captured Vlasov and his staff. This offensive was a total failure also. The third Soviet offensive was launched by Marshal Timoshenko against Kharkov, on May 12. They ran into General Paulus with his fourteen fresh divisions of the 6th Army. The Russian northern force drove Paulus back to the Belgorod-Kharkov rail line, but was not strong enough to go farther. The offensive stalled in north and south, and Timoshenko asked permission to slow it down, but Stalin responded that Kharkov must be captured.
199 Days: The Battle for Stalingrad by Edwin P. Hoyt