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As the Eastern Front collapsed toward the Volga, the Russians were closer to their base of supply in the Urals and around Moscow, while the Germans were dangerously stretched. This is not to get nit-picky, but as I read, I often had this almost unconscious sensation that something was slightly off. Yet typing those words feels wholly insufficient, even a mockery, given the collective amount of suffering so many endured for so long. Serhiy Oliyinyk, the head of the State Committee for Television and Radio Broadcasting department on licensing and distribution-control, told Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty that several paragraphs prevented the import of the books, citing a passage that purportedly said: "Ukrainian nationalists were tasked with shooting the children" so that they could "spare the feelings of SS Sonderkommando". If you want me to care that the 81st Cavalry Division in the 4th Cavalry Corps crossed the Kalmyk steppe to the southern flank, you will kindly have to show me where the Kalmyk steppe is located.

Though this book is very nutral, This book present the gut wrenching horrors of war immense suffering endured by both civilians and the soldiers and detailes accurate to the name of every officer along with all regiments and geographical location how they were deployed plus accounts of suffering of everyone involved in this horror of war at Stalingrad. As they approached the shore, they caught the smell of charred buildings and the sickly stench from decaying corpses under the rubble. While the German atrocities in Russia are briefly recounted at the book's start, the Russian atrocities - against their own troops, no less! Further, Russians bore something like 60-80% of the overall allied burden in the Second World War, a thought that seems far from the minds of my fellow citizens today. He concludes that Stalingrad is "a fantastic and sobering story, and it has been fully and authoritatively told in Mr.Keith Lowe, writing in The Telegraph, notes that Stalingrad transformed both Beevor's reputation and that of military history, making it from something only for "retired colonels and armchair fantasists" into a "sleek, attention-grabbing subject" always on the bestseller lists. Toronto Globe and Mail “This monumental book is a masterly account of hubris and nemesis on a classic scale.

Few had fired the guns before, owing to the shortage of ammunition, and none of them had been trained to take on targets on the ground.This is all explained in the beginning sections of Stalingrad, which are dedicated to the the planning of Operation Barbarossa, the start of the invasion, the battle for Moscow, and the first Russian winter.

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