1 Running head: THE BATTLE OF STALINGRAD The Battle of Stalingrad SSG Belgodere Font, Juan B. 35 CMF SLC 19-005 Dr. Darrel L. McCoy
2 THE BATTLE OF STALINGRAD The Battle of Stalingrad The Battle of Stalingrad is marked as one of the most brutal military campaigns in history. It occurred between Nazi German forces and the Russian military forces as well as the Axis Powers during the Second World War. When it comes to modern warfare, this battle has been named as one of the largest, bloodiest as well as the longest engagements. In terms of characterizing this battle, more than one million troops fought and this left approximately two million people killed and others brutally injured (Weisiger, 2013). However, this battle marked a turn of events through favoring the Allied forces immensely. This analysis piece covers the Battle of Stalingrad in relation to the reasons why the Red Army emerged victorious as well as how the application, utilization, and the availability of assets of intelligence from that time would have led to an alternate outcome. Background On June 22, 1941, Operation Barbarossa was launched by Nazi Germany who planned to invade the Soviet Union. Following this, Germany, alongside its allies, invaded the Soviet Union and eventually advanced into the deep territory of the nation despite the punishing terrain and weather conditions. By December, the Soviet forces had suffered a lot of defeats. However, during this period, they were able to counter-attack their enemies in line with the Battle of Moscow. They were then successful in driving away the Germans from the environs of Moscow. By the spring of 1942, the Germans had made a stable front in a line that ran from Rostov in the south to Leningrad in the North (Weisiger, 2013). In this line, there were several salient where the offensives of Soviet had pushed their enemies back. When it came to the far south, Germany, together with its allies were in control of most parts of Ukraine as well as much of Crimean. However, the Soviet Union still kept the control of Sevastopol as well as a portion of the Kerch
3 THE BATTLE OF STALINGRAD Peninsula. When the weather in winter no longer impeded their mobility, the Germans were optimistic and confident that they could master the Russian forces. There are three major factors or reasons why the Red Army of the Soviet won the Battle of Stalingrad. These include Mistakes of the Germans, mass heroism, and stiff Soviet resistance and persistence.
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