The Battle of Stalingrad, 1942-43
An overview of the Battle of Stalingrad during World War II and how it marked a turning point for the Allied war effort.
# 144848 | 4,527 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2006 |
Published on Oct 13, 2010 in History (European - World Wars) , European Studies (World Wars) , History (Russian) , Military (Military History)
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The paper describes the events leading up to the German offensive on the Soviet Union, and details the stages of fighting during the battle that culminated in the house-to-house streetfighting that spelled defeat for the Germans. The paper highlights the massive casualties for both the Germans and the Soviets, but discusses how after the battle, the Germans no longer had the strength or motivation to continue their invasion into the USSR and they began to withdraw completely from the Eastern Front. The paper clearly shows how the Battle of Stalingrad was the turning point for World War II, and was the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany.
From the Paper:"The year is 1942. Nazi gains in the Soviet Union and North Africa have brought the Allies to the verge of destruction, while Japan continues to conquer island after island in the Pacific. Even Australia is in full panic mode, as occupied New Guinea seems likely to serve as the staging point for an invasion of that island continent.
"Dire as the situation is, though, there is still hope. While far from the minds of soldiers on the ground, by spring of the following year, the entire German VI Army will be encircled and crushed, as Field Marshal Friedrich Paulus becomes the first German officer of that rank to surrender. The humiliating series of blows dealt by the Red Army would not have been a factor if it had not been for Hitler's greatest mistake: the invasion of the Soviet Union."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Beever, Anthony. Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege. New York, NY: Penguin Books Ltd., 1998.
- Jukes, Geoffrey. Stalingrad: The Turning Point. New York, NY: Ballantine Books, 1968.
- Lucas, James. War On The Eastern Front: 1941-1945: The German Soldier in Russia. United States: Bonanza Books, 1982.
- Simonov, Konstantin. "19 November 1942". Stalingrad Battlefield Info. Edited: 11/24/2001. Visited: 5/12/2002. <http://www.stalingrad-info.com/19%20november_1942.htm>
- Simonov, Konstantin. "Stalin's Order 227". Stalingrad Battlefield Info. Edited: 5/1/2002. Visited: 5/11/2002. <http://www.stalingrad-info.com/order227.htm>
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