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- In October 1942, a panzer officer wrote “Stalingrad is no longer a town... Animals flee this hell; the hardest stones cannot bear it for long; only men endure”. The battle for Stalingrad became the focus of Hitler and Stalin's determination to win the gruesome, vicious war on the eastern front. The citizens of Stalingrad endured unimaginable hardship; the battle, with fierce hand-to-hand fighting in each room of each building, was brutally destructive to both armies. But the eventual victory of the Red Army, and the failure of Hitler's Operation Barbarossa, was the first defeat of Hitler's territorial ambitions in Europe, and the start of his decline. An extraordinary story of tactical genius, civilian bravery, obsession, carnage and the nature of war itself, Stalingrad will act as a testament to the vital role of the soviet war effort.
- Antony Beevor began his career as a professional officer in the 11th Hussars. He is the author of several books, including Berlin, The Spanish Civil War, Crete and The Mystery of Olga Chekhova. With his wife, Artemis Cooper, he wrote Paris After the Liberation, but he is best known for his book Stalingrad, the international No 1 bestseller, and winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize, Wolfson Prize and Hawthornden Prize. He lives in London and Kent.
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