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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 might have rolled over Russia. Had the German's no longer held out in the course of these previous few months, Stalin might have painted Europe purple. Now, over 50 years after the main notable conflict of the second one millenium, the reality approximately this decisive second is eventually printed.

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If that is true," said Hitler, "then it is the end of the German army," and hung up the telephone on the field marshal. On the night of December 31 Kluge again talked to Hitler, asking permission to withdraw two of his armies, which were threatened with disintegration. Kluge: I request freedom of action. You must believe that I will do what is right. Otherwise I cannot function. We do not only want what is best for Germany, we want what is best for you. Hitler: Fine. How long can you hold the new line?

The temperature had dropped to thirty to forty degrees below zero, and snowfalls obliterated the roads. The Russian soldiers were struggling to move food supplies and ammunition, both in short supply. The Soviet dumps contained only a day's supply of food and no reserves of fuel. Several of the armies on the Kalinin and Western fronts did not have ammunition for their artillery. The shock troops at the front had virtually no food. General Yeremenko, their commander, was hoping to put together enough food to give his men one good meal on the night before the offensive began.

Third, Munitions Minister Albert Speer and economic czar Goering urged him to continue the attacks because they needed the oil from the Caucasus and the grain from the Ukraine to continue the war. This was the thinking that controlled Hitler's decisions that spring. The Germans did not have the strength in 1942 to do what they had done in 1941: launch a great offensive on three broad fronts. After the defeat on the Moscow Front the previous year Hitler hesitated to try there again. He chose to strike south for the Caucasus oil fields, although that move would extend his flank past the main body of the Red Army.

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