The res The Battle of Stalingrad is acknowledged as one of the largest, bloodiest, and most important in history. You will not be able to put it down. Zaitsev was a windfall for the Russian wartime propaganda machine, even as the Stalingrad battle was raging. Sniper duels, close range artillery, tanks set afire by Molotov cocktails thrown from upper story windows and then set upon by civilian factory workers. Tania's character was also heavily fictionalized.
Anton Dragan's company was enduring ferocious bombing that blew down the walls and buckled the iron girders. This battle, like all great conflicts, has tons of books devoted to it. His end was bad as depicted in the movie but more depressing. Vasily vows to kill König, and sends Tania and Danilov to evacuate Sasha's mother from the city, but Tania is wounded by shrapnel en route to the evacuation boats. Corpses abound — towards the end rotting bodies are stacked up in makeshift German hospitals. This unique account is their story, and the stories of the nearly two million men and women who lost their lives.
König, however, outmaneuvers Koulikov and kills him with a very skillful shot, shaking Vasily's spirits considerably. While the street fighting was ongoing, Russians had already launched a major offensive to take Stalingrad back, Operation Uranus. Craig's extensive research and fresh interviews of surviving fighters and others authenticates the immediate, intimate circumstances of the battle; but a much earlier book, Plievier's Stalingrad 1948 , carries the same conviction with even greater impact, at least with reference to the German foot soldier, while Chuikiv's The Battle for Stalingrad 1964 from the Soviet vantage point, as well as Schroter's Stalingrad 1958 from the point of view of the German military, give a fully adequate picture of the battle formations. As they relied heavily on U-Boats in the naval warfare while ignoring the superior power of aircraft carriers, similarly at the land arena, Germans depended heavily on their Blitzkrieg tactics which were rendered useless in the street fighting of Stalingrad. Human suffering and death on both sides was simply horrendous. Enemy at the Gates is a narrative full of eye witness accounts that makes the battle of Stalingrad come to life.
This great American novelist and historian Craig was a graduate from Columbia University spent 5 years of his life traveling three continents interviewing survivors of this horrendous battle Italians, Germans, Russian, Israelis given that in the German offensive many soldiers of different nationalities were serving with the German Wermarcht and its allies Germans, Austrians, Croats, Romanians, Italians, and Hungarians. There was no way out anymore. The reader cannot help being sucked in into the terrible Maelstrom of urban warfare, when whole regiments were wiped out within hours of entering the battle, where disputed territory was measured in yards or in different levels of the same building that changed hands several times in one day. The German army, led by General Friedrich von Paulus, expected an easy victory. It was not graphic, but I would not call it 'light' either.
As expected, he failed miserably. Germans: almost 400,000 men lost. An army which was used to overrunning a hundred kilometers of enemy ground a day was reduced to sending its soldiers to die or be wounded trying to capture single buildings. In fear for her safety, Danilov has her transferred to an intelligence unit away from the battlefield, ostensibly to make use of her German language skills in translating radio intercepts. Stalingrad, formerly called Tsaritsyn now called Volgograd was now the focal point of the German Army. Could such a thing happen in this day and age? One of his skirmishes with the Germans at Stalingrad is worth mentioning here.
It signaled the beginning of the end for the Third Reich of Adolf Hitler; it foretold the Russian juggernaut that would destroy Berlin and make the Soviet Union a superpower. Craig even finds excusable circumstances for the poor decisions taken by Von Paulus, who was admittedly under strict orders from the Fuhrer and not a free agent. The complex friendship, rivalry, and love triangle from the movie are either Hollywood or found from a different source. He was a peasant soldier who was extremely deadly with a rifle. David Baker does an excellent job narrating the book.
And Tania Chernova was more badass than the film leads one to believe. Sometimes you advanced so fast and gained so much ground that you found yourself cut off in enemy territory. Also stupidity, blind pride, vengefulness, and barbarity. Zaitsev claimed in an interview to have engaged in a sniper duel over a number of days. There were many other common soldiers and low- and middle-ranking officers on both sides who fought and suffered, many with thoughts of their families. A number of other reviewers have compared this book to Anthony Beevor's history of the Battle of Stalingrad, and I agree with these other reviews - both books offer readers excellent accounts of this battle, and I higly recommend both books or either book to anyone seeking a probing history of this titanic clash between Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia. Only a glimpse at the suffering and carnage of what really took place.
Ottmar Kohler had run out of morphine. In my opinion, is a way better movie than the Hollywood one. I find the popular historians of this time and I haven't read Cornelius Ryan or William Toland, but I wonder if they might not be similar as well very absorbing; I feel I have a very good grasp of events when I set the book down. The Soviets addressed this crisis with the tried and true number one tool that Communism uses to motivate troops: A bullet to the back of the head. Yes, Hitler did leave an entire army out to rot on the steppe by refusing to grant them permission to break out. The ruthlessness and inhumanity of war is nakedly exposed.
With that said this book is a titan of war history and a pleasure to read. August 19, 1973, Page 300 The New York Times Archives Of all the many battles fought by the soldiers of Czarist and Soviet Russia, only two perhaps might be ranked as fundamentally decisive, in that they not only changed the fate of the nation but also altered its destiny. Craig writes that more than four hundred thousand of the five hundred thousand German, Italian, Rumanian and Hungarian prisoners were allowed to perish, mostly by starvation, by the Russians from February to April of 1943. The numbers and statistics are incomprehensible. I was left with vivid mental images of the desperation of men engaged in hand-to-hand and house-to-house street fighting in the frigid cold.
Craig fills his military history with colorful stories and frontline remembrances. Bestselling author William Craig spent five years researching this epic clash of military titans, traveling to three continents in order to review documents and interview hundreds of survivors. Born and raised in Concord, Massachusetts, he interrupted his career as an advertising salesman to appear on the quiz show Tic-Tac-Dough in 1958. As I read about 6th Army advancing toward Stalingrad I could see the dust of the panzers ris Enemy at the Gates is a narrative full of eye witness accounts that makes the battle of Stalingrad come to life. In the actual history, Turkey was a latecomer to the conflict, entering the war in 1945 and never saw any actual combat. The Germans were supremely confident; in three years, they had not suffered a single defeat. Fo One would not be entirely correct if one thinks that the movie was based on this book, even though the movie posters claims it to be so.