Antony Beevor Stalingrad

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Paperback. Pub Date: Unknown Publisher: Penguin Basic Information Original Price: 115.00 yuan Author: Publisher: PenguinISBN: 9.780.140.284.584 Yema: Revision: Binding: Folio: Release time :1999-5-1 Printing time: Words: product identification: 22589969 content Introduction This gripping account of Germany's notorious campaign combinessophisticated use of previously published firsthand accounts inGerman and Russian along with newly the available Soviet archivalsources and caches of letters from the front the For Beevor (ParisAfter the Liberation 1944-1949). the 1942 German offensive was agamble that reflected Hitler's growing ascendancy over his militarysubordinates. The wide-open mobile operations that took the 6thArmy into Stalingrad were nevertheless so successful that Sovietauthorities insisted they could be explained only by treason. (Over13.000 Soviet soldiers were for...

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Hitler made two fundamental and crippling mistakes during the Second World War. The first was his whimsical belief that the United Kingdom would eventually become his ally, which delayed his decision to launch a major invasion of Britain, whose army was unprepared for the force of blitzkrieg warfare. The second was the ill-conceived Operation Barbarossa--an invasion of Russia that was supposed to take the German army to the gates of Moscow. Antony Beevor's thoughtfully researched compendium recalls this epic struggle for Stalingrad. No-one, least of all the Germans, could foretell the deep well of Soviet resolve that would become the foundation of the Red Army; Russia, the Germans believed, would fall as swiftly as France and Poland. The ill-prepared Nazi forces were trapped in a bloody war of attrition against the Russian behemoth, which held them in the pit of Stalingrad for nearly two years. Beevor points out that the Russians were by no means ready for the war either, making their stand even more remarkable; Soviet intelligence spent as much time spying on its own forces--in fear of desertion, treachery and incompetence--as they did on the Nazis. Due attention is also given to the points of view of the soldiers and generals of both forces, from the sickening battles to life in the gulags.

Many believe Stalingrad to be the turning point of the war. The Nazi war machine proved to be fallible as it spread itself too thin for a cause that was born more from arrogance than practicality. The Germans never recovered, and its weakened defences were no match for the Allied invasion of 1944. We know little of what took place in Stalingrad or its overall significance, leading Beevor to humbly admit that "[t]he Battle of Stalingrad remains such an ideologically charged and symbolically important subject that the last word will not be heard for many years". This is true. But this gripping account should become the standard work against which all others should measure themselves. --Jeremy Storey

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"A fantastic and sobering story...fully and authoritatively told."--The New York Times

"Stalingrad's heart-piercing tragedy needed a chronicler with acute insight into human nature as well as the forces of history. Antony Beevor is that historian."--The Wall Street Journal

"Easily the most complete and objective picture of the battle's scale and ferocity that American readers have ever read."--Dallas Morning News

"Magnificent...Certainly the best narrative of the battle yet to appear and...not likely to be surpassed in our time."--John Keegan

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Book Description Softcover. Condition: New. Historians and reviewers worldwide have hailed Antony Beevor's magisterialStalingrad as the definitive account of World War II's most harrowing battle. In August 1942, Hitler's huge Sixth Army reached the city that bore Stalin's name. In the five month siege that followed, the Russians fought to hold Stalingrad at any cost, then caught their Nazi enemy in an astonishing reversal. As never before, Stalingrad conveys the experience of soldiers on both sides as they fought in inhuman conditions, and of civilians trapped on an urban battlefield. Antony Beevor has interviewed survivors and discovered completely new material in a wide range of German and Soviet archives, including reports of prisoner interrogations, desertions, and executions. The battle of Stalingrad was the psychological turning point of World War II; as Beevor makes clear, it also changed the face of modern warfare. As a story of cruelty, courage, and human suffering,Stalingrad is unprecedented and unforgettable. Seller Inventory # 5335555

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