of the industrial city. This set the plot for the largest and bloodiest battle in history. This battle took place because of the arrogance of Adolf Hitler. It would ultimately break Hitler’s back and end the war. Bibliography
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subject to a military tribunal and the troops were brain washed and told to show some guts. The Red Army executed soldiers who tried to run away in order to keep discipline among the army. The Germans who were pushing forward into Stalingrad suffered extreme losses due to the relentless fighting and no retreat of the Soviet Army. By 12 September 1942 the Soviet Army had been reduced to 90 tanks, 700 mortars and just 20,000 personnel. The few tanks they had remaining were used as stationary strongpoints in the city to hold back the advancing German forces. The Germans continued to push and looked successful for a whileuntil they met the Soviet reinforcements that were brought across the Volga River.The Germans and Soviets fought over the railway station No.1 and Mamayev Kurgan where the Soviets lost over 30 percent their soldiers in the first 24 hours of battle. The railway station and Mamayev Kurgan were retaken but on for a short while. The rail way station went back in forth 14 times in just a short 6 hour time period. There was another intense firefight at the giant grain elevator in the south of the city that lasted for 3 days. Fifty Red Army soldiers stood their groundand fought off 10 different assaults before running out of water and ammunition.
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