The Destruction of 6th Army at Stalingrad

The Destruction of 6th Army at Stalingrad

by Ian Baxter


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The scale of death and destruction during the Battle of Stalingrad during late 1942 and early 1943 remains unprecedented in the history of warfare.

The annihilation of General von Paulus’ 6th Army epitomized the devastating defeat of Hitler’s ambition to conquer Stalin’s Soviet Union. After the successful Operation Blue offensive 6th Army reached the River Volga north of Stalingrad in summer 1942. With overextended supply lines and facing steely opposition, increasingly desperate attempts to seize the city repeatedly failed. Slowly 6th Army became encircled. The German High Command attempted a number of relief attempts, notably Field Marshal von Manstein’s ‘Winter Storm’ but all were defeated by the tenacity of the enemy and the Russian winter. To their credit the men of 6th Army fought to the end but by February 1943 the last pockets of German resistance were either destroyed or had surrendered.

Thanks to a superb collection of unpublished photographs, this Images of War book provides an absorbing insight into the dramatic events of the last months of 6th Army’s doomed existence.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781526747952
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 04/26/2020
Series: Images of War Series
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 803,436
Product dimensions: 9.60(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Ian Baxter is an avid collector of WW2 photographs. His previous books in this Series include Hitler’s Boy Soldiers, Nazi Concentration Camp Commandants and German Army on the Eastern Front – The Advance, German Army on the Eastern Front – The Retreat and Nazi Concentration Camp Commandants, The Crushing of Army Group (North) and the SS Waffen Division series including SS Leibstandarte Division and SS Totenkopf Division At War. He lives near Chelmsford, Essex.

Table of Contents

Introduction 5

Prelude to Destruction 7

Chapter 1 The Road to Hell 9

Chapter 2 The Siege of Stalingrad 49

Chapter 3 Encircled 117

Chapter 4 Destruction of the Sixth Army 139

Appendix I Order of Battle 151

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