Details Of the Battle
**Hitler innitially attacked the Soviet Union to gain its
resources such as oil.
**The German and Russian armies had no regard for civilain
**Hitlers attack from the southern front would leave him vonerable to a counter
attack from anywhere.
**Major partof allied voctory in WW2 because it was Hitlers last offencive
move and destroyed most of his army.
** German soldiers had Russians surrounded in Stalingrad for many months.
** The Germans were inturn surrounded
by Russian reinforcments and forced to surrender.
**Blitzkreig worked extremely well at first and broke through the Russian
lines easily and quickly.
**Hitler made the mistake of claiming victory before the battle was even near over.
**Hitler attacked Stalingrad because it was named after Russian Leader Stalin
Hitler felt it defied him.
**German army met resistance from Russian locals protecting their homes.
**German Commanders warned Hitler that they wouldn't be able to hold defensive
positions during the winter but Hitler was set on captureing Stalingrad and ignored them.
** The Germans came closer and closer to te Center of the city.
**As they closed in moral dropped due to the large losses and the fear
of the counter attack by the Russians.
** Russian counter attack came on November 19th.
**The Counter attack was completed by the 23rd. It had cut off more than a
quarter million Germans.
**Hitler wouldn't let them try to escape tp the West and and airsupply failed.
**Russian soldiers had heard about POW camps and most would rather have been
killed in battle, this decreased the amount of prisoners Germany captured.
**German bombings did alot of damage because most buidlings were made of wood.However
the russians fought valiantly and pulled though.
**The bulk of the Germans Surrendered on Jamuary 31st. But a small force held
out for two more days further north.
**Many heroes emerged on both sides, Russian sergeant Pavlov and a single
platoon defended one house for 59 days. He was completly surrounded until reinforcemnts came. Also Vasily Zaitsev was an incredible
sniper and was credited with killing 242 Germans.
**One german and 12 of his troops stormed a buidling killed dozens of Russians
and Captured 80.