There have been very few books in the English language about the battle for Stalingrad. This book is therefore most welcome and adds greatly to the available pool of information. Highly Recommended.
NAME: Survivors of Stalingrad, Eyewitness Accounts from the Sixth Army, 1942-43 FILE: R2422 AUTHOR: edited by Reinhold Busch PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword BINDING: hard back PAGES: 254 PRICE: £19.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWII, World War 2, World War II, Second World War, German Army, Soviet Army, winter warfare, encirclement, siege, air warfare, invasion of USSR, Great Patriotic War ISBN: 978-84832-766-5 IMAGE: B2422.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/zhrlstr LINKS: Current Discount Offers http://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/sale DESCRIPTION: There have been very few books in the English language about the battle for Stalingrad. This book is therefore most welcome and adds greatly to the available pool of information. Highly Recommended. This was a battle that the Soviets could not afford to lose. It was both of tactical and political significance. The Germans were equally motivated to win for the same reasons. It was one of the key turning points of WWII. The Germans had opportunities to withdraw and then counter-attack but Hitler was unprepared to listen to the military justifications of this option. As a result an Army was placed in jeopardy. Not only were the battle losses horrific, but the survivors were then take into brutal captivity which was not to end for most of the pitiful number of survivors until the 1950s. Those few were saved only by the death of Stalin and pressure from Great Britain and the United States. Before the surrender, some soldiers were flown out after becoming wounded or falling ill and their accounts are included in this book. To these very rare accounts are added the accounts of those who fought on to the end and then entered Soviet imprisonment. Together they provide an illuminating picture of what was a great German disaster. It is a tragic portrait and provides one of the best pictures of this epic battle against the Soviets and the bitter winter, as food, ammunition and other vital supplies dwindled, the inadequate air drops becoming less frequent. Thousands died from starvation and the effects of the crippling cold, swelling the battle casualties, until further resistance was futile. The death then continued in captivity as the POWs were starved and brutally treated by the Soviets. Some of the accounts provide fresh insights into existing knowledge of the battle. However, the importance of this book is the coverage of little-known stories of medical care and the efforts made to support the 290,000 soldiers who found themselves in this hell.