By Edwin P. Hoyt
The tale of the siege via the acclaimed writer of Hitler's WarIn 199 Days, acclaimed historian Edwin P. Hoyt depicts the epic conflict for Stalingrad in all its electrifying pleasure and savage horror. greater than the bloodiest skirmish in history-a momentous clash costing 3 million lives-the siege used to be a hinge upon which the process background rested. Had the purple military fallen, the Nazi juggernaut might have rolled over Russia. Had the German's no longer held out in the course of these previous few months, Stalin may have painted Europe purple. Now, over 50 years after the main striking conflict of the second one millenium, the reality approximately this decisive second is eventually published.
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It was not the first time that the dictator had allowed his desire to overcome his judgment in this war. Once again Russians would pay for his error with their blood. Within forty-eight hours after the meeting, the orders were in hand. Zhukov was told to encircle the German Central Front army from the south, while the Kalinin Front did so from the north, and it was to be completed by January 11. Stalin said nothing about the difficulties he was forcing on his commanders. The temperature had dropped to thirty to forty degrees below zero, and snowfalls obliterated the roads.
The Russians have cut its communications. " It was basically the same all along the German line. Army Group Center was disintegrating. Field Marshal Kluge, who had taken over from the totally dispirited Bock as commander of Army Group Center, tried to get permission for the armies to withdraw to safety. Hitler refused. Kluge said that his troops were mentally and physically exhausted. "If that is true," said Hitler, "then it is the end of the German army," and hung up the telephone on the field marshal.
Kholm and four of them were shot down. After that they supplied the town by glider. Hitler did nothing but make promises to the Kholm garrison. A relief force led by General Horst von Uckermann got to a point within sight of the city, but was bogged down in the snow. Hitler promised to get them into action again, but could not do it. His response to the problem was to write an order of the day honoring the Kholm garrison, thus substituting rhetoric for reinforcements. It was a process he would repeat at Stalingrad.
199 Days : The Battle for Stalingrad by Edwin P. Hoyt