Good post, STF. And Anlushac11, exactly what don't you know about WWII? Impressive. BTW, DO NOT USE ANY OF THIS IN AN ESSAY. We are, at best, amateurs. We are not authoritative sources. All we've done is read some books. You do the same. We've given you an overview and some directions to sources. Now go do your homework, and don't come down until I tell you to.
Gen'l Knight Can you quote this forum as an official research source? :naughty:
Actually I think you can.
SilenT AssassiNActually I think you can.
yes you can, I'm quite sure. Just wouldnt use too many of these kind of quotes..
Ya, i wont take any of this word for word, i just needed a few reasons to go and research.
So far im sure im doing the german airplane one, becuase i found a nice site on that. Ill probally do the will of the russian people too, as for a third...
Von Paulus made a colossal error in strategic judgement and did not support the 6th Armee's flanks with enough troops, especially anti-tank weapons.
so they were surrounded and destroyed
Perhaps the greatest reason was the delay of the invasion of Russia due to Italy's failed invasion of Greece. Britain's support of Greece then necessated German intervention to maintain European security (i.e. repel them from the continent). That, in turn, necessated transit via Yugoslavia which due to internal political struggle resulted in war as well. Not until the units involved in that combined campaign could be regrouped could Operation Barbarossa commence.
I post in His Glorious Name
28th December 2004
all details about the battle of Stalingrad can be found in Anthony Beevor's "Stalingrad". He checked in all archives and explained how the battle evolved; from the 1st bombing to the end. Basically one should keep in mind the following infos: Poor troops on the flanks (Hungarian, Romanian) Poor tanks (don't forget it's still in 42 and most tanks were Pz38(t), Pz3 & Pz4 D) which were not in best shape (reports of mice cutting cables) Unlimited Soviet resistance (at some points of the battle, the Soviets only controlled a band of land few meters wide on the western bank of the Volga) German recon planes spotting huge armys on the other side of the Volga which seemed to vanish on the next day (->well executed troop gathering for Operation Uranus) without discovering where these actually went. and of course, Hitler's stupid stubborn idea... Stalingrad wasn't such an important objective, the 6te Armee should have gone directly to the oild fields like it was planned at start.