Stalingrad: Hitler Against the Russians

About the history of World War II and Hitler's invasion of Russia in operation of Barbarossa.


Operation Barbarossa was the code name of Hitler's invasion of Russia. The German attack covered 1,500 mi. from the Black Sea to the Arctic. Initially, the Wehrmacht scored spectacular victories. But gradually, German supply lines and troop movements were hampered by rains, cold, snow. German troops reached Stalingrad, and there Russia girded for the showdown. For weeks the battle raged in the streets. Then the Russian armies succeeded in a pincer movement that cut off 250,000 German troops. The encircled Germans wanted to break out and regroup with relief units. Hitler would not have it. On January 30, the battered, starving Germans surrendered en masse.

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