The Battle of Stalingrad Led to a Significant Loss to the Axis Forces in World War II

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Stalingrad was a battle during World War II started on June 22 1941 that eventually led to a significant loss to the Axis forces. The battle started as retaliation from Adolf Hitler after his defeat in the Battle of Barbarossa. The Battle of Stalingrad was a battle of pride, morale and not based off of any tactical or strategic advantage. The battle raged on in four main operations that lasted only 199 days. This loss in Stalingrad dealt a significant blow to the Axis Powers that would lead to the overall defeat of Adolph Hitler and his military during World War II. Operation Barbarossa; initiated by the Axis powers and they quickly advanced deep into Russia. The Axis Powers believed they could defeat the Soviet Union as soon as the winter had passed but they began receiving heavy attacks during the winter with as much as 65% of the infantry being attacked. The Axis Powers had time to re-equip and rest their forces prior to the end of the winter. Moscow was the end state for the operation and the Axis Powers used a Blitzkrieg style of warfare to attack the least obvious Point of Entry. Adolph Hitler expected the Soviet Union to surrender as soon as the end state became successfully captured. Hitler understood that taking Moscow would be very costly to his Armies. Hitler developed a plan to cut the Soviet Union of their fuel by taking the Caucasus Oil Fields. Operation Blau had the goal of capturing the Caucasus oil fields then continue to push his army south. The forces
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