By Edwin P. Hoyt
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 background rested. Had the pink military fallen, the Nazi juggernaut might have rolled over Russia. Had the German's no longer held out in the course of these previous couple of months, Stalin may 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 published.
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This would be done by the Northwest Front, the Kalinin Front, and the Western and Bryansk fronts, which would encircle and destroy the Germans in the Rzhev-Vyasma-Smolensk area. The Leningrad Front, the Northwest Front, and the Baltic Fleet would relieve Leningrad and destroy German Army Group North. The Southwest and Southern fronts would destroy Army Group South and liberate the Don Basin, the Caucasus, and Crimea. From the standpoint of the objective observer, there were a few problems with this concept.
In the south they ought to be able to take Rostov and perhaps the whole Donets Basin. This was Hitler talk, not a decision about the winter war. On December 7 the issue was brought to him again. The 3rd and 4th Panzer groups and the 2nd Panzer Army announced their withdrawal. " He did not face the issue of the 2nd Panzer Army's withdrawal or the growingly serious situation of Army Group Center opposite Moscow. On Sunday, December 7, Luftwaffe observation planes reported a continuing heavy rail traffic toward Moscow from the east.
At Kholm thirty-five-hundred German troops were surrounded for several weeks. The Luftwaffe undertook to supply these forces by air, but after a month the Germans had lost forty-six planes in this attempt. On February 25 they sent ten more Ju-52s to. Kholm and four of them were shot down. After that they supplied the town by glider. Hitler did nothing but make promises to the Kholm garrison. A relief force led by General Horst von Uckermann got to a point within sight of the city, but was bogged down in the snow.
199 Days : The Battle for Stalingrad by Edwin P. Hoyt