Victory at Stalingrad tells the gripping strategic and military story of that battle. The hard-won Soviet victory prevented Hitler from waging the Second World War for another ten years and set the Germans on the road to defeat. The Soviet victory also prevented the Nazis from completing the Final Solution, the wholesale destruction of European Jewry, which began with Hitler’s "War of Annihilation" against the Soviets on the Eastern Front.
Geoffrey Roberts places the conflict in the context of the clash between two mighty powers:their world views and their leaders. He presents a great human drama, highlighting the contribution made by political and military leaders on both sides. He shows that the real story of the battle was the Soviets’ failure to achieve their greatest ambition: to deliver an immediate, war-winning knockout blow to the Germans.
This provocative reassessment presents new evidence and challenges the myths and legends that surround both the battle and the key personalities who led and planned it.
Table of Contents
A chronology of the Battle of Stalingrad 1942-3
1. Introduction: battle of the century
2. War of annihilation: the German campaign in Russia, 1941-2
3. Hitler's quest for oil: the road to Stalingrad, April-August 1942
4. State of siege: Stalingrad, September-October 1942
5. Red gods of war: soviet victories, German defeats, November 1942-February 1943
6. Aftermath: revenge and retribution on the road to Berlin, 1943-5
7. The Stalingrad story: the battle that history changed, 1945-2000
8. Conclusion: the battle that changed history?
Geoffrey Roberts is a Soviet and World War Two specialist, and has written both general and specific histories of Russia.
`This is vintage history at its best. The author provides fascinating insights into the epic Battle of Stalingrad including a skilful examination of the profound consequences of its outcome.'
`Roberts makes excellent sense of events on the battlefield, but his book is more than just a good story. It also places the battle definitively in the historical and political context of World War II and Stalin's dictatorship.'
`fresh, lucid and highly readable ... combines compelling narrative with powerful analysis.'
`Geoffrey Roberts has written a brilliant introductory survey of the battle of Stalingrad.'