Battle of Stalingrad
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The Battle of Stalingrad, ongoing for a little more than half a year consisted of the defeat of the German Sixth Army at Stalingrad. This battle is recognized as one of the greatest military failures. It affected Hitlers campaign in the East greatly; marking it as the turning point in the war. Both armies, Russian Army and the German Sixth Army, fight to advance into the city of Stalingrad in a bloody bash. The Russian army got an advantage by surprise attacking the German army in an attempt to delay them from moving forward i their journey. Strategically, the Sixth Army, which was commanded by General Friedrich Paulus, was told to stand strong against the Russian Army. Formation was an egg-shaped line of defense thirty miles wide and twenty miles deep. Hitler strictly informed his fleet NOT to retreat for any reason; to join the rest of the German forces spread in different areas. Approximately millions of military artillery, German soldiers, and an entire air force had been annihilated by Soviet Army and Russian Winter only in a matter of two months. This occurred during late November 1942 until the end of January 1943. Vasily Chuikov was commander on the major force for the Sixty-Second Army. Years later, many still remember this gruesome battle as an influential reminder of how extremely unpleasant war is.
- Today, Stalingrad is known as Volgograd.
- Germany troops from Romania, Italy, Hungary and Croatia fought as well alongside Germany.
- Georgy Zhukov was the Soviet General responsible for planning the defense of Stalingrad which resulted in defeating the German front.
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Soldiers rummage through the city overlooking the destruction they've caused.
Soviet troops advancing through thick piles of snow from the harsh winter front.
February of 1943 marks the end of the Battle of Stalingrad.
Fredrich von Paulus was born in Germany in 1890 and joined the military academy in Berlin when he was around 18.In September 1940 he was appointed Quartermaster General of the General Staff.In 1942 he was promoted to Colonel-General and given command of the German 6th Army for the summer drive in the south of Russia, which started in June.On January 30, 1943, with the imminent defeat of the 6th Army at hand, Hitler promoted von Paulus to Field Marshal. With strict orders from Hitler himself not to retreat. Even with these orders, the next day he surrendered and wound up being put under house arrest. After the end of the battle he was transported as a prisoner in the USSR. Later he was released and decided to travel to Eastern Germany where he died in 1957.
Georgi Konstantinovich Zhukov was born on December 1, 1896, in the village of Strelkovka, Kaluga region, Russia. His family was poor so he served in the military under the command of Tsar Nicholas the second during World War 1. He was awarded the Cross of St. George twice and promoted for his bravery in battle. In 1939 Zhukov defeated Japan's Kwantung Army at the Battle of Halhin Gol. Detailed planning and skillful use of motorized artillery against the Japanese forces helped him achieve that victory. During the Second World War Zhukov was appointed Chief of the Red Army General Staff for six months until July 1941. He completed several tasks during his serving in World War 2, each one helping the Soviet Union one step closer to winning the battle and ending the war. By 1965 he had been awarded multiple awards for becoming the hero is known. He was highly respected and on June 18, 1974 he died and was buried in Moscow.