Stalingrad - Hitlers Mistakes

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To what extent was Hitler's personal mismanagement of the Battle of Stalingrad the chief reason for its failure? Word Count: 1999 Table of Contents A: Plan of the Investigation 3 B: Summary of Evidence 3 C: Evaluation of Sources 4 D: Analysis 5 E: Conclusion 7 Appendix A 8 F: List of Sources 9 A: Plan of the Investigation This investigation evaluates the question; to what extent were Hitler’s personal errors at the Battle of Stalingrad, from August 1942 to February 1943, the primary reasons for its failure? The focus will be to analyze Hitler’s crucial errors and what role they played in the downfall of the German Army at Stalingrad. It considers the degree to which the strategic weakness of the German Army at Stalingrad was due to these errors. The investigation will address the question from a positivist approach, analyzing various sources, including books, websites and documentaries. The two sources selected for evaluation, The Storm Of War by Andrew Roberts, and How Hitler could have won World War II: The Fatal Errors That Lead To Nazi defeat, by Alexander Bevin, will be evaluated for their origins, purposes, values and limitations. B: Summary of Evidence “The Stalingrad campaign in Russia in 1942 is one of the most poignant examples ever recorded of a ruler engineering his own destruction” (Bevin 145). The campaign started with Operation Blau. Blau was the next step in Operation Barbarossa, created to focus on the invasion of the Caucasus and Southern Russia in the summer and autumn months (Preston 132). However, despite Hitler’s careful planning of the Operation, from its very beginning many of the same failures the Germans had experienced in 1941 were repeated (Glantz and House 477). “That July, Hitler became increasingly impatient with delays that were essentially his own fault” (Beevor 77). Hitler split up his
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