Christmas at Stalingrad


Christmas at Stalingrad Antony Beevor S Stalingrad, Published By Penguin In , Was A Worldwide Bestseller, Telling One Of The Most Harrowing Stories Of The Second World War And Reminding Everybody Of The Power Of Narrative History In The Hands Of An Expert Storyteller In This Extract Beevor Takes Us Back To December When The German Th Army Was Surrounded By The Russians And Facing Annihilation Only Thoughts Of Christmas Kept German Soldiers Hopes Alive

Christmas at Stalingrad

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  1. Daren says:

    An excerpt from Stalingrad, this portion taking place around Christmas 1942, when the German 6th Army was surrounded by the Russians and facing annihilation It is a moving and sad book, demonstrating the futility of war the arrogant refusal to back down of both Hitler and Stalin.The writing is packed with facts, figures, names and quotations I don t mind admitting to being way outside of my sphere of knowledge, so a lot of it I found a bit confusing with the 16th Panza Division going here, the An excerpt from Stalingrad, this portion taking place around Christmas 1942, when the German 6th Army was surrounded by the Russians and facing annihilation It is a moving and sad book, demonstrating the futility of war the arrogant refusal to back down of both Hitler and Stalin.The writing is packed with facts, figures, names and quotations I don t mind admitting to being way outside of my sphere of knowledge, so a lot of it I found a bit confusing with the 16th Panza Division going here, the 57th army going there, the 96th Rifle Division doing this, the Hessian 389th Infantry Division reporting that I am sure for a person knowledgeable in WW2 history it all reads very easily, but with all that, and all the Russian and German names of the senior officers it all made for lots of referring back For me 3 stars, but for others probably

  2. Spencer Fancutt says:

    This extract from Beevor s Stalingrad serves as an excellent reminder of the human costs of war It documents the stranded and doomed German 6th Army, 150,000 strong, as the Russian noose tightened around Stalingrad One cannot help feeling sorry for the men as they try to deal with being sacrificed through poor decisions, with dwindling fuel, munitions, food and clothing The futility of their predicament is clearly drawn, and the merciless Russian winter which claimedlives than gunfire i This extract from Beevor s Stalingrad serves as an excellent reminder of the human costs of war It documents the stranded and doomed German 6th Army, 150,000 strong, as the Russian noose tightened around Stalingrad One cannot help feeling sorry for the men as they try to deal with being sacrificed through poor decisions, with dwindling fuel, munitions, food and clothing The futility of their predicament is clearly drawn, and the merciless Russian winter which claimedlives than gunfire is almost painfully palpable through well chosen example I am not a war history fan, and was slightly dreading endless battle formation descriptions etc, and I was relieved that this focused on the physical and mental burdens of the soldiers on both sides through a mixture of first hand letters and academic research In all, a brief and accessible account of the terrible siege on the Eastern Front, Dec 1942

  3. Coenraad says:

    Normally I would not choose to read a book like this In fact, I would choose not to read it the depiction of the stupidity of war is just too upsetting This excerpt of Beevor s book about the events at Stalingrad during the Second World War is deceptively light, but gives enough information about the starvation of the German soldiers because of the lack of food and the severe winter to demonstrate the futility of the whole undertaking not to forget about the even worse plight of the Russian Normally I would not choose to read a book like this In fact, I would choose not to read it the depiction of the stupidity of war is just too upsetting This excerpt of Beevor s book about the events at Stalingrad during the Second World War is deceptively light, but gives enough information about the starvation of the German soldiers because of the lack of food and the severe winter to demonstrate the futility of the whole undertaking not to forget about the even worse plight of the Russians kept as prisoners of war by the Germans A number of things struck me the ideologically motivated hardheadedness of both Hitler and Stalin, which had clear and devastating consequences the role of propaganda radio broadcasts and pamphlets particularly the flickering of hope and humanity regarding the Christmas celebrations the fact that so many letters could be written and sent home, and were available for later research the stoic respect for the chain of command which had the German commander in chief in Stalingrad Paulus reject negotiations with the Russians despite the friendly conversation between the Russian negotiators and lower level German officers The final words of the extract hits the final nail in the argument many men were to die for no purpose Ek vermy gewoonlik boeke oor die onnoselheid van oorlog die hardkoppigheid en gebrek aan insig van die topleiers hier Hitler en Stalin is net t ontstellend Hierdie uittreksel uit Beevor se boek oor Stalingrad in die Tweede W reldoorlog is bedrieglik lig, maar demonstreer die willose wreedheid van die omstandighede uitstekend

  4. Roelof Kotvis says:

    Outstanding account of what happened to the German 6th Army, trapped in the Kessel on the Western bank of the river Volga, in late December 1942 Presenting lots of information in an easily readable fashion is an art, one in which Antony Beevor excels The many quotes from primary sources ensure that the dazzling numbers of casualties preserve their human faces Christmas at Stalingrad is not the story of a handful of generals, it s the story of thousands of soldiers left to freeze and starv Outstanding account of what happened to the German 6th Army, trapped in the Kessel on the Western bank of the river Volga, in late December 1942 Presenting lots of information in an easily readable fashion is an art, one in which Antony Beevor excels The many quotes from primary sources ensure that the dazzling numbers of casualties preserve their human faces Christmas at Stalingrad is not the story of a handful of generals, it s the story of thousands of soldiers left to freeze and starve because of the twisted ideas and empty promises of their commander in chief

  5. Lynn says:

    This was a gift from my fiance which I received, catalogued and shelved for reading at another time The time came when I needed a book to tide me over for a day between other longer books It was an enjoyable excerpt I am sure I would slog through the whole book, but the excerpt was just what I needed and gave an interesting perspective on the Russian Front.

  6. Rhoobarb H says:

    How does the world still continue, after Stalingrad

  7. Ben says:

    So much tenderness and horror in so few pages but only a taster of the full Stalingrad book Definitely want to read the rest though.

  8. Steve Mitchell says:

    A disturbing account of life on the eastern front

  9. Lex Tully says:

    A small insight into the stupidity of war.

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