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Sinopsis: With the benefit of Russian documents never before seen by Western scholars, German transcripts, and private letters and diaries, the author offers a compelling narrative of the battle of Stalingrad, which broke the back of the Nazi army during the Second World War. 20,000 first printing.
Review: Hitler made two fundamental and crippling mistakes during the Second World War: The first was his whimsical belief that the United Kingdom would eventually become his ally, which delayed his decision to launch a major invasion of Britain, whose army was unprepared for the force of blitzkrieg warfare. The second was the ill-conceived Operation Barbarossa--an invasion of Russia that was supposed to take the German army to the gates of Moscow. Antony Beevor's thoughtfully researched compendium recalls this epic struggle for Stalingrad. No one, least of all the Germans, could foretell the deep well of Soviet resolve that would become the foundation of the Red Army; Russia, the Germans believed, would fall as swiftly as France and Poland. The ill-prepared Nazi forces were trapped in a bloody war of attrition against the Russian behemoth, which held them in the pit of Stalingrad for nearly two years. Beevor points out that the Russians were by no means ready for the war either, making their stand even more remarkable; Soviet intelligence spent as much time spying on its own forces--in fear of desertion, treachery, and incompetence--as they did on the Nazis. Due attention is also given to the points of view of the soldiers and generals of both forces, from the sickening battles to life in the gulags.
Many believe Stalingrad to be the turning point of the war. The Nazi war machine proved to be fallible as it spread itself too thin for a cause that was born more from arrogance than practicality. The Germans never recovered, and its weakened defenses were no match for the Allied invasion of 1944. We know little of what took place in Stalingrad or its overall significance, leading Beevor to humbly admit that "[t]he Battle of Stalingrad remains such an ideologically charged and symbolically important subject that the last word will not be heard for many years." This is true. But this gripping account should become the standard work against which all others should measure themselves. --Jeremy Storey
Título: Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege, 1942-1943
Editorial: Viking Adult 1998-07-01
Año de publicación: 1998
Condición del libro: New
Edición: American ed.
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Descripción Viking Adult, 1998. Estado de conservación: Good. American ed. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Nº de ref. de la librería GRP34750941
Descripción Viking Adult, 1998. Estado de conservación: Very Good. American ed. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Nº de ref. de la librería GRP71504388
Descripción Hardcover Apr 25, 1998. Estado de conservación: Used: Good. GIFT MESSAGE INSIDE. Sold by the UK charity Langdon: Supporting men & women with disabilities. Dispatched within 1 working day. Nº de ref. de la librería BOX 218/RICHARD11
Descripción Hardcover Apr 25, 1998. Estado de conservación: Used: Good. Dispatched within 1 working day. Sold by the charity langdon: supporting young men & women with disabilities. Nº de ref. de la librería BOX 535/RICHARD1
Descripción Viking, 1998. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Fine. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Fine. Book Club issue. Fine in a fine DJ. Nº de ref. de la librería BR2965
Descripción Viking, New York, 1998. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Fine. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Fine. Book Club (BCE/BOMC). a nice, clean, square copy. Nº de ref. de la librería 026841
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