Analysis Of The Book ' Stalingrad ' The Fateful Siege 1942-1943 '

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Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege 1942-1943 is book written by the British military historian, Antony Beevor. Stalingrad covers the Battle of Stalingrad during World War II. Stalingrad was a city in Russia where Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union fought for control. This was part of Adolf Hitler’s plan to crush the Soviet Union and extend his Third Reich into Russian territory. The battle lasted from August 1942 to February 1943. However, the battle ended up with the destruction of the entire German 6th army and with a victory for the Soviet Union. Beevor has won three awards for this book. I wish to give brief summaries of the five sections of the book and give reviews on their main content. The book is broken into five sections. The first section tells the beginning of Operation Barbarossa. This was the German codename for the invasion Russia. Although the Germans managed to capture vast amounts of territory, the Soviet military was able to halt the German advance. To regain the momentum, Hitler decides to proceed with the capture of Stalingrad. In addition to gaining access to the fuel in the Caucasus Mountains from the capture of the city, Hitler would destroy the city that bears the name of Soviet dictator, Joseph Stalin. Personally, this was the hardest section of the book to get through. The majority of content from this section described events that were leading up to Stalingrad. There were stories on how the higher ups of the German and Soviet governments responded to

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