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Concord Publications 6513 Soldat 2 The german soldier on the Eastern front 1943 44
Автор: Gordon Rottman & Stephen Andrew
Издательство: Concord Publications
Год издания: 2006
Размер: 45 Mb
Изображения: цветные и черно-белые фото, цветные рисунки
It is often said that the defeat of the German 6.Armee and the fall of Stalingrad on
2 February 1943 was the turning point of the war in the East. There can be little
doubt that this is true. The massive German casualties, huge losses of supplies and
equipment, and the marching off into captivity of 91,000 troops out of the 250,000
originally assigned to 6.Armee was a major blow. Almost as crippling though was
what befell on the rest of the German armies on the 1.000-kilometer Eastern
Front. Since the 22 June 1941 invasion of the USSR the Germans had suffered
thousands of casualties to combat, illness, and disease before the onset of the
brutal Russian Winter. Over 400,000 troops were dead wounded, missing, or
captured by the end of 1942 and the worse months of the winter were still ahead.
In the north Leningrad was still under siege with little likelihood of falling and in
the center Moscow had not quite been reached. In the south the much valued
Caucasus oilfields were still out of reach. The drive for Stalingrad had been
senseless. To its East was Kazakhstan with little of value. The oilfields were to
south, but Armeegruppe Slid had been diverted from this strategic objective to
waste itself fighting for Stalins city.