In the actual history, Turkey was a latecomer to the conflict, entering the war in 1945 and never saw any actual combat. One almost feels sorry for the impending sense of disaster, repeatedly asserted by more competent generals. Craig finished his book in 1972, and though I can't put my finger on it just yet, it seems to me that historiography of this period is different than that of today. And the movie of the same name, while very focussed, intense and realistic, it does only have to do with a small portion of the book. The body counts and politics play off each other to show how decisions made behind the lines affect the men and women at the front. The Russians in Stalingrad hid in cellars and used the sewer systems to good advantage.
In five months of fighting and bombings, 99 percent of the city had been reduced to rubble. If, for some reason though, I was never able to get to Beevor's book and I'm not really ready to jump into another account of Stalingrad immediately I think I've been well served by Craig. The battle was critical to the fate of the Eastern Front. I will seek out his suggestion. If you are of Russian heritage or German heritage, you will be spellbound. The Soviets addressed this crisis with the tried and true number one tool that Communism uses to motivate troops: A bullet to the back of the head. The author shows how the German 6th Army had held out under increasingly difficult surroundings and how General Paulus had to motivate and deal with a lack of food, equipment, clothing, ammunition and fuel.
At sunrise, the visitors were still there, huddled together against the below-zero temperature. I liked it so well that I ordered the audio version. The numbers and statistics are incomprehensible. Konings and Zaitsev eventually found themselves stalking each other and only one was going to survive. One would not be entirely correct if one thinks that the movie was based on this book, even though the movie posters claims it to be so. Recommended for anyone who loves a good historical account.
Although one feels sympathy for the Germans in reading their letters home to their wives and parents — there is no introspection in these letters of the reasons of why they were so far from their homeland. This book gave me a more complete picture of the battle, its scope, and how it unfolded. This would deprive the Russians of their access to oil and place the supply in German hands. The horrors inflicted on the Russians and their invaders is hard to comprehend. In a frantic search for something to quench their thirst, the Russians fired machine guns into drain pipes to see if any liquid remained. This book is a very well-written account of the Battle of Stalingrad. The siege of Stalingrad lasted 5 months, one week, and three days.
This was a street fight: brutal, malicious and ugly. At first light, the heavy guns began their normal barrage and while shells whistled over their heads, the Russians eyed the landscape for a telltale presence. When one seeks to destroy a city An entirely sobering account of the epochal battle of Stalingrad. Vassili Zaitsev was a real person, and he did engage in a sniper war with a Major Konings, sent out from Germany to hunt him down. Stalin ordered the Stalingraders to expect a siege and to stand fast. It is nothing like the bad Hollywood movie of the same name. The siege of Stalingrad lasted five months, one week, and three days.
One of many graphic horror stories involves the macabre death struggle taking place inside train cars containing German prisoners on their way to Central Asia, where the occupants killed each other for bits of food thrown into their cars every two days. The mad dictator at the German command post at the Wolfs Lair in East Prussia forbade surrender. . She was motivated to join the war as a means to avenge her grandparents who were murdered by the invading Germans. Excellent reading even if it is a One of the best battle accounts incorporating both sides while keeping a fair perspective.
In this book, Craig has made some choices with which I vehemently disagree. The Soviets hid in cellars and attacked at night, they traveled through the sewers to fall in behind the attackers. He was hanged in front of his parents alongwith two other boys by the retreating Germans when his true purpose was found out. Accepting his fate, König removes his hat and turns to face Vasily, who shoots him squarely in the forehead. Enemy on the Gates is the enthralling consequence: the definitive account of one of the vital battles in world historical past.
The Soviets were off the hook. This delayed the pursuit of the crumbling Soviets for a week and diluted the forces attacking Stalingrad. Also stupidity, blind pride, vengefulness, and barbarity. Do I think that the German soldiers and officers of the Sixth Army deserve sympathy? However, the love story seems out of place. In short: a fine history of the battle among many previous fine histories. Starting in May, the Russians made more attempts to provide for sustaining the remaining prisoners until the end of the war. But I think my fundamental concern is a valid and important one.