Battle of Stalingrad

By: Ahilyn Aceves

July 17, 1942 - February 2, 1943

The Battle of Stalingrad was a turning point for the Allies. This battle was very important for Russia and Germany. Germany wanted to gain control over the U.S.S.R, and Russia didn't want to let Germany in. Hitler knew the importance of this battle, Stalingrad was the only city named after the leader. Joseph Stalin also knew how important it was, this battle kept the German troops from invading the U.S.S.R. Russian forces wanted to surround the Germans and crush them. German forces had a chance to escape, but their leader Adolph Hitler told the soldiers to hold their post whatever the cost. After nearly 2 million casualties General Friedrich Paulus surrendered what was left of his army. This loss humiliated Hitler. Although Hitler was humiliated Stalin gained confidence. The confidence Stalin gained helped him throughout the rest of the war. This battle is referred to as the turning point of the war because, if Germany had taken control of Russia, the ending to the war could have been a whole different story.

Map of Stalingrad during the war

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Battle of Stalingrad footage

World War 2 Color footage STALINGRAD

Generals from Stalingrad

General Friedrich Paulus

General Friedrich Paulus was born September 23, 1890. He became chief of staff right before the outbreak of WW2 of the 10th army. He was also apart of the invasion on Poland. Although there were many problems on the way to Stalingrad, Paulus fought the Russian army. He later died from cancer on February 1, 1957

Vasily Ivanovich Chuikou

Vasily Ivanovich Chuikou was born February 12, 1900. He was a soviet general and later became a Marshall. He was the general at Stalingrad. He also let the Soviet drive into Berlin. He later died March 18, 1982

Battle of Stalingrad

Friday, July 17th 1942 at 12am to Tuesday, Feb. 2nd 1943 at 12am

Russia, Volgograd Oblast, Volgograd

Volgograd, Volgograd Oblast

Volgograd which used to be Stalingrad , 1925-1961, is where the Battle of Stalingrad took place. This battle took place in a span of 7 months.