Battle Of Stalingrad Research Paper

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What was the significance of the Battle of Stalingrad in the War between Germany and Russia by 1945? The Battle of Stalingrad was potentially the most brutal and devastating conflict on the Eastern Front, with a combined loss of nearly 2 million men. By 1945 it was clear that by failing to capture Stalingrad, Germany not only militarily suffered a tremendous blow, but domestically as well. Hitler had lost all faith and support in his Generals over Stalingrad, and likewise, his Generals started to see through their Fuhrer for what he really was, as did the German public; who no longer believed the lie that Germany was winning on the Eastern Front. For Russia, Stalingrad gave hope to the people, causing a surge of morale and support thereafter. It showed the world that Russia was a formidable fighting force, capable of detailed planning and coordination. By 1945, the Red Army had swept across Eastern Europe in a storm of anger and vengeance, looking to cause the same brutality that had been inflicted on them in Stalingrad. The Battle of Stalingrad had a tremendous impact on Russian and German morale; crippling the spirits of German citizens equally as much as the army. A German report on public opinion in 1943 states, “…the enemy’s strength must have been underestimated,…show more content…
----------------------- [1] Report on German public opinion, 4th February 1943, quoted in Richards Evans’ ‘The Third Reich at war’, pg 421 [2] Richard Overy, ‘Why the Allies won’, 1995, chapter 3 [3] Account of seeing a woman washed up on the shore of the River Volga, 1942, quoted in Beevor, pg 176 [4] Letter from Stalin to Eden, 1941, quoted in www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/RUSbarbarossa.htm [5] Richard Overy, ‘Why the Allies won’ Pg 98-100 [6] Ibid [7] Captain Behr, recalling a meeting with Hitler, quoted in Beevor, pg 345 [8] General Gunther, in an interview in 1948, quoted in www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/RUSbarbarossa [9] Anthony Beevor, ‘Stalingrad’, pg 47 [10]
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