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 was once a hinge upon which the process heritage rested. Had the purple military fallen, the Nazi juggernaut may 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 crimson. Now, over 50 years after the main awesome conflict of the second one millenium, the reality approximately this decisive second is eventually printed.
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But the Russian locomotives, which were built for the cold, had no trouble. Guderian needed oil and fuel. He was not getting it despite promises to have it flown in. On December 9 Guderian told Bock that he was suffering a serious crisis of confidence in his army. That day Bock told Halder by telephone that he needed reinforcement. Army Group Center could not stand off a determined Russian attack at any point along its whole front. He was already converting all his specialists, truck drivers, clerks, and cooks into infantry.
To Hitler, Stalingrad was important for more reasons than as a way station. Better than his generals, he recognized the emotional as well as military significance of that city, Stalin's own city and his industrial pride and joy. Hitler would use Stalingrad as a fulcrum, while the main armies wheeled south to occupy the Caucasus. Then, having given the Red Army a major defeat in the south, the Germans would move large forces north along the Volga River and cut the communications of the Russian armies defending Moscow, while sending probes to the Urals.
The reorganization of the German forces in the south brought creation of two—not one—new army groups. Army Group B was created under General Maximilian von Weichs. It comprised the 2nd Army, the 4th Panzer Army, and the 6th Army, which Paulus commanded that spring. Field Marshal Wilhelm List was given Army Group A, which included the 1st Panzer Army under Kleist and the 17th Infantry Army. Hitler, going over the head of Halder, spoke to Kleist about his plans, but only vaguely. Kleist and his panzer army, said the Fuehrer, were to be the instruments whereby Germany would be assured of its oil supplies in perpetuity, and the mobility of the Russian army would be eliminated.
199 Days : The Battle for Stalingrad by Edwin P. Hoyt