The Battle Of Stalingrad : Was It A Significant Defeat?

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The Battle of Stalingrad Was it a Significant Defeat? Roshana Thanabalasingam CHC2D0-H Mrs. Wallis 17/12/2014 World War II consisted of many bloody battles, many of which have shaped the world today. The Battle of Stalingrad is known as one of the greatest and most valuable battles fought in the Second World War. It is also considered to be one of Hitler’s greatest mistakes in World War II. The battle that started on July 17, 1942 and ended on February 2, 1943 marked a major turning point in the war. It changed the war in favour of the Allies as opposed to the Axis Pact. The battle of Stalingrad was a significant defeat for the Russians in WWII because it was a symbolic loss for Germany, a great loss of resources for…show more content…
Although Hitler had signed the non-aggression pact in August 1939, his plan was always to take over Russia since he wanted their resources and because they supported communism. Hitler’s attempt to take over Stalingrad was supposed to be like an act of terror. He thought he was going to subdue the Russians so when they won, they won the moral up ground as well. After this battle it is evident that the Allied forces are pushing the Germans back since they have gained the confidence that they had needed to succeed. The rest of the world no longer feared the Germans, they figured that if the Russians could, they could too and that reassured the chances of victory. As a result, the Germans were demoralized; Hitler realized that this battle is costly for him militarily, socially, and economically. The German people and soldiers themselves, started to doubt the leadership skills of Hitler. The chances of victory for the Axis Pact in World War II dwindled, and the chances of defeat increased for the Allied forces. Until this battle the Germans were undefeatable and this battle showed the rest of the world that the Germans could be beaten. After the battle Germany had no more victories in the East because they could never truly recover. This stalled the German advance and proved to be the beginning of the end for the Germans, “The God of War has gone over to the other side.” (History Learning Site) This quote portrays
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