On August 5, 1942, giant pillars of dust rose over the Russian steppe, marking the advance of the 6th Army, an elite German combat unit dispatched by Hitler to capture the industrial city of Stalingrad and press on to the oil fields of Azerbaijan. The Germans were supremely confident; in three years, they had not suffered a single defeat. The Luftwaffe had already bombed the city into ruins. German soldiers hoped to complete their mission and be home in time for Christmas.
The siege of Stalingrad lasted five months, one week, and three days. Nearly two million men and women died, and the 6th Army was completely destroyed. Considered by many historians to be the turning point of World War II in Europe, the Soviet Army's victory foreshadowed Hitler's downfall and the rise of a communist superpower.
Best-selling author William Craig spent five years researching this epic clash of military titans, traveling to three continents in order to review documents and interview hundreds of survivors. Enemy at the Gates is the enthralling result: the definitive account of one of the most important battles in world history. The book was the inspiration for the 2001 film of the same name, starring Joseph Fiennes and Jude Law.
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By Ryan on 22-10-16
This story encapsulates the bloodbath that was Stalingrad very well. It was such a tragic event and a huge turning point that thousands of men paid for with their lives due to their leaders' incompetence.
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By qwerty on 11-02-16
Stalingrad, you can't tear your ears away.
Even though this book is of the 1970's, and recent explorations of the battle are more accurate because of the access into previously unavailable archives, the author tells a spellbinding story. You want to look away but you can't. A good introduction to the turning point of the war in the east. Well read and well written. To point out some inaccuracies would be churlish in the extreme and, I have no doubt only occur because of the state of most research at the time. For an American author it is a most even handed work.
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By Ed on 19-03-16
great, but difficult to follow
this book is very detailed and well written.. The thing I struggled with was the dozens of characters. the book follows first-person accounts of dozens of people from different countries mainly Soviet Russia and Germany.. These are generals soldiers civilians... the narration tends to switch between these dozens of characters without warning which was difficult for me because I sometimes got lost.
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By BG on 25-06-16
Despite recounting the entire battle chronologically it is difficult to follow because it attempts to follow too many people. I would have preferred it to focus on fewer people in greater detail, rather than mentioning so many people almost in passing. Unless you already know all about the battle, I would recommend keeping a battlefield map handy in order to understand the importance of locations/buildings mentioned throughout the book (I imagine the print edition includes such maps, so this comment is only for the audio version)
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