Battle of Stalingrad

Battle of Stalingrad - Background Information

  • Battle lasted August 23, 1942 - February 2, 1943
  • Eastern front of the war(U.S.S.R.)
  • Successful Soviet defense
  • Considered by many historians as the greatest battle of the war

Stalingrad was a large industrial and transport center for Russia.


Named after Joseph Stalin, capturing the city would be a personal victory for Hitler and propaganda gold.

Hitler's Plan - Operation Blue

  • Plan for the Summer of 1942 - issued as war directive 41 in April 1942
  • His generals suggested to go straight for the capture of Moscow and crush the military afterwards. ¬†Hitler didn't listen.
  • Russian military was weakened at this time from previous fighting.

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Battle of Stalingrad

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