By Edwin P. Hoyt
The tale of the siege by way of 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 used to be a hinge upon which the process historical past rested. Had the purple military fallen, the Nazi juggernaut could have rolled over Russia. Had the German's now not held out in the course of these previous couple of months, Stalin could have painted Europe crimson. Now, over 50 years after the main amazing conflict of the second one millenium, the reality approximately this decisive second is ultimately published.
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It was at this point, the German generals noted, that Hitler decided to take full authority for decisions into his own hands. Brauchitsch was now out of the decision-making process. Thus were set into motion the processes that would lead to the German disaster at Stalingrad, more than a year before the actual disaster occurred. On the morning of December 18, Hitler's orders reached Army Group Center. " Such a policy, he said, was the only way to give him time to bring up the reinforcements from Germany that he had ordered.
Stalin had asked too much. The Germans had stopped at the K-line and regrouped. The 129th and 133rd Russian armies were cut to pieces. The 39th Army and several other units were in trouble. In spite of this, Stalin's desire for victory was such that he ignored his troubles and the condition of his armies. Attack was the order of the day. " Zhukov was to smash the enemy, drive to Vyazma and beyond on March 5, and on his left other Russian forces were to "liquidate" the enemy in the Bryansk area.
In the south Zhukov's 10th and 50th armies were moving to get behind the Germans. But the southernmost Russian armies, the 3rd and the 13th, were exhausted from their earlier fighting and unable to take the initiative. What were the Russians now to do? On the night of January 5 the Russian Military Commission assembled to discuss Stalin's idea of a general offensive against the Germans. "The Germans are in disarray," he said, "as a result of their defeat at Moscow. They are badly fitted out for the winter.