Published: 26th March 2010
:: Stalingrad ::
How the Red Army Triumphed
Michael K Jones - Foreword by David Glantz
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Michael K. Jones's new history of Stalingrad offers a radical reinterpretation of the most famous battle of the WW2. Combining eyewitness testimony of Red Army fighters with fresh archive material, the book gives a dramatic insight into the thinking of the Russian command and the mood of the ordinary soldiers. He focuses on the story of the Russian 62nd Army, which began the campaign in utter demoralisation, yet turned the tables on the powerful German 6th Army. He explains the Red Army's extraordinary performance using battle psychology, emphasising the vital role of leadership, morale and motivation in a triumph that turned the course of the war.
The Battle for Stalingrad was one of the most significant and devastating battles fought during the Second World War. From 17 July 1942 to 2 February 1943, the heroic troops of the Soviet Union faced a formidable German onslaught from a land army that was, until this point, undefeatable in battle. The six month campaign was amongst the bloodiest in the history of warfare, with combined casualties estimated at close to two million. Despite the unfavourable odds, the Russian army triumphed, marking what was arguably the turning point for the entire war and paved the way for the German surrender in 1945.
Michael K. Jones new history of Stalingrad offers a radical reinterpretation of the most famous battle of the Second World War. His compelling account combines eyewitness testimony of the embattled defenders of the city, the 62nd Army, with fresh achieve material to give a dramatic insight into the thinking of the Russian command and the mood of the ordinary soldier. Unbelievably, the average life expectancy of one of these soldiers was just two days. Those who survived this terrible initiation developed an extraordinary will to survive and it was the spirit which enabled them to withstand the annihilating enemy offensives from one of Hitler’s most powerful forces: the German 6th Army.
Former deputy commander of the Warsaw Pact, Colonel-General Anatoly Mereshko fought throughout the battle as staff officer to the 62nd Army’s commander, Chuikov. As one of the principal surviving witnesses to events, he has worked extensively with the author. Much of Mereshko’s testimony is entirely new and is presented to a western audience in this book for the very first time. This is complimented by a wealth of key primary sources from Veterans and recently released war diaries which reveal how desperate the plight of the defenders really was. With this book, we come to see Stalingrad as not only a victory of successful tactics, but an astounding improbable triumph of the human spirit.
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