By Edwin P. Hoyt
Для сайта:Мир книгThe epic conflict of Stalingrad could be remembered as considered one of history’s such a lot savage conflicts. right here world-renowned army historian Edwin P. Hoyt tells the entire tale of this bloody conflict, utilizing files from Moscow and American information in addition to first-person testimonials from Stalingrad’s heroic survivors.With the dramatic energy of a main storyteller, Hoyt recreates the phrases and deeds of the battle’s chiefparticipants: its ruthless warlords, Hitler and Stalin; its fabled generals, von Paulus and Marshal Zhukov; its squaddies and civilians who fought, bled and died. during this thought-provoking and grimly attention-grabbing ebook, Hoyt offers a few startling and illuminating insights into this important conflict.
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As they waited for the thaw, both sides were so nearly exhausted that they could not carry out the grandiose plans of their leaders. Hitler wanted the 4th Army to stage a counterattack. The army did not have the strength. Stalin wanted his victory. His troops could not give it to him. By March 25 the thawing process was under way. The daytime temperatures rose above freezing and the snow and ice began to melt. But then in the Vyazma area a late winter storm buried the German army in snow for several days.
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? Kluge: That I cannot say. Hitler: Enemy pressure will also force you out of the new line. . Kluge: We are under compulsion. One can turn and twist as much as he pleases. We must get out of this situation. Hitler then said he would have to consult with Keitel and Jodl and Halder. Later that night he spoke to Kluge again. There would be no major withdrawals, he said. Too many weapons and too much equipment would be lost.
The Russians were producing thousands of tanks by 1943, and their production continued to climb as the German production faltered. The Germans did have an effective weapon against the tanks, a hollow-core explosive shell that could knock out the crew of a whole tank if fired from an 88mm gun. But these were in short supply. The Russians also had the katyusha—known as Stalin's Organs—multiple rocket launchers which could put up a barrage from thirty-six barrels carried on the back of a truck. The Germans copied the katyusha and introduced it in 1943 in North Africa as the nebelwerfer.