Running head: BATTLE OF STALINGRAD 1 World War 2 Battle of Stalingrad Charles T. Negaroge Jr. HIS 332 Park University Instructor: Paul Ward July 15 th , 2017
BATTLE OF STALINGRAD 2 World War 2 Battle of Stalingrad The war of Stalingrad is known to be one of the most fatal and biggest fights in World War II. It was a struggle between Germany, Soviet Union, and its allies. This was the turn-off point of the war. After the loss of the fight, the German army had lost many soldiers who took a loss as they were unable to recover. The battle was fought on July 17, 1942, to February 2, 1943, which was during the World War II. This was the main battle of the Eastern front. After six months of fighting at Stalingrad, the German’s sixth army was captured and encircled. This Soviet victory became the turning point of the Eastern front ( Danilov). The Soviet Union comprised of Colonel General Aleksandr Vasilevsky, Marshal Georgy Zhukov, Lieutenant General Vasily Chuikov and 187,000 men, rising to over 1,100,000 people. Moreover, the German army was commanded by General Friedrich Paulus, Field Marshal Erich von Manstein, and Colonel General Wolfram von Richthofen. Stalingrad was a large industrialist city which produced tractors and armaments thus it was a significant prize for raiding the German army ( Piehler 105). Taking the city would terminate the Soviet transportation links with the southern Russia. The goal of Hitler was to eradicate Soviet forces and secure the economic resources of the region and finally to move his army from north to Moscow to conquer the remaining Caucasus. This operation began with substantial German victories (Hickman). The battle for the city became brutal, and Germans obtained a huge amount of the city, but they failed to proclaim their authority entirely. The areas they captured during the day were re-taken during the night by Russians. At the battle on August 23, 1942, around 6 pm, one thousand aircraft began to drop bombs on Stalingrad. Hitler went contrary to the advice of his general and took on Stalingrad. The German militaries took a large part of the town where they encircled the city thus Russians
BATTLE OF STALINGRAD 3 were confined in and would continue for some months (Hickman). Reinforcements arrived and surrounded the Germans forcing them to surrender. The Germans lost about 300,000 people while Russians lost around 500,000 making Russian soldiers proud of their victory. The
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