9 August 2011

Battle of Stalingrad WW2


One of my favorite battles in WW2 was the epic encounter at Stalingrad, many say this overstretching of German resources was the downfall of Hitlers grip on the war. The photo above shows how the city was virtually destroyed from the bombings.


Action shot of troops heading for cover under fire.

5 comments:

  1. This is evidence that war is ugly.

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  2. i very well remember stalingrad schlacht

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  3. The railyard is crowded with trains. Reconstruction of the big factories was a high priority.

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  4. The upper foto shows some of downtown Stalingrad after the Battle; damage is from bombing and shelling. The Germans had pushed right down to near the Volga, but Soviet counterattacks put some of the ruined downtown back in their control. Their hold then on what they had was very tough. So much so that the Soviets still held ground downtown when in late September the Germans shifted the main attacks to Stalingrad North. In this foto, the front of Soviet-held area reaches from 9 January Plaza (at right, about 20% down) along Respublikanskaya Street (right of center) to Kievskaya Street which comes in from the left toward the 5-storey building in the foreground; right of that was Soviet held. At the top at right is a track leading up the slope of Mamayev Kurgan.

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  5. War is a fascinating subject. Despite the dubious morality of using violence to achieve personal or political aims. It remains that conflict has been used to do just that throughout recorded history.

    Your article is well done, a very good read.

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