Enemy at the Gates: The Battle for Stalingrad

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The bloodiest battle in the history of warfare, Stalingrad was perhaps the single most important engagement of World War ll. A major loss for the Axis powers, the battle for Stalingrad signaled the beginning of the end for the Third Reich of Adolf Hitler.

During the five years William Craig spent researching the battle for Stalingrad, he traveled extensively on three continents, studying documents and interviewing hundreds of survivors, both military and civilian. This unique ...

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Old Saybrook 1973 Hardcover 512 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. WORLD WAR II. Stalingrad, the bloodiest battle in the history of warfare, cost the lives of ... nearly two million men and women. It signaled the beginning of the end for the Third Reich of Adolf Hitler; it foretold the Russian juggernaut that would destroy Berlin and make the Soviet Union a superpower. Includes an Index. "An unforgettable and haunting reding experience."-Cornelius Ryan (Key Words: Stalingrad, World War II, Soviet Union, Russia, William Craig, World War Two, Second World War, Germany, Third Reich, Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin, Volga River, Marshal Georgi Konstantinovich Zhukov, Ukraine, Gorge Tsaritsa, Red Army, General Arthur Schmidt, Prisoners of War, General Friedrich von Paulus, Field Marshal Erich von Manstein, Italian Army, General Hermann Hoth, Don River, Dzerhezinsky Tractor Works, Barrikady Gun Factory, General Vassili Ivanovich Chuikov, Colonel Wilhelm Adam). Read more Show Less

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Overview

The bloodiest battle in the history of warfare, Stalingrad was perhaps the single most important engagement of World War ll. A major loss for the Axis powers, the battle for Stalingrad signaled the beginning of the end for the Third Reich of Adolf Hitler.

During the five years William Craig spent researching the battle for Stalingrad, he traveled extensively on three continents, studying documents and interviewing hundreds of survivors, both military and civilian. This unique account is their story, and the stories of the nearly two million men and women who lost their lives.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781568523682
  • Publisher: Konecky, William S. Associates, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1973
  • Pages: 457

Meet the Author

William Craig (1929-1997), a native of Concord, Massachusetts, was educated at Columbia University. His first book, The Fall of Japan, was a documentary account of the last weeks of the Second World War in the Pacific. His first novel, The Tashkent Crisis, a thriller about espionage and international politics, was published in 1971. His Enemy at the Gates, an examination of the battle for Stalingrad, marked the culmination of five years of research, during which he traveled on three continents, studying documents and interviewing hundreds of survivors of Stalingrad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2003

    this is a good book

    After you finish this book, you will never forget about this Soviet Union hero, Vassili.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2001

    On The Banks of The Volga

    This is an outstanding book. The entire time you feel like you are on the Volga, at the center of Stalingrad. This book is both dramatic and sombering. A must have.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2010

    Just Because..

    i hate when people write reviews and have no idea of their history. Vassili Zaytsev has 242 confirmed kills. They say he has more than 400 unconfirmed kills. Not 3,000 or 30,000. Although he did open a sniper school later and trained men and they helped kill 3,000 people. As far as women in the Red Army..women DID play a large role. There were over 2,000 women alone in Rifle Division. That's a large number of women actually picking up a rifle and fighting along side men. Especially when you think back to WWII and what women did in that war [nurses]. Lyudmila Pavilichenko had 300 kills confirmed. If that isnt a women playing a role I dont know what is!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2010

    Ap World History Review: Encompassing Look at the Battle for Stalingrad

    Enemy at the Gates: The Battle for Stalingrad is an enthralling look at the chronology of events before and during the battle for Stalingrad. The author William Craig successfully weaves the different viewpoints of both the Russian and German participants in this battle to give the reader an excellent analysis of one of the key battles during the German offensive in to Russia during World War Two. Craig has taken the different testimonies of both officers and enlisted men, as well as official messages, to provide a very in-depth look in to both the tactics and the realities of the battle. It was evident from the beginning of this book that the author tried to take no definite stance on which side was morally or ethically responsible for the atrocities and losses; he shows the best and worst of both sides. This is possibly the greatest achievement of this book. By relying on testimonials and data has allowed Craig to refrain from coloring the novel with his own views. This is perhaps one of the greatest compliments one can give to a historian.

    Despite the very analytical approach taken by Craig in informing the reader about the battle of Stalingrad, he still manages to convey the raw emotion of the conflict. Craig includes stories ranging from the hopeful and uplifting to graphic and nauseating. These glimpses in to the realities of warfare help lend this piece a feeling of authenticity. These glimpses complement the tactical descriptions in the book to help the reader truly understand the battle for Stalingrad both tactically and psychologically. The tracking of so many different characters in the book reveals the different perceptions of the battle, as well as the war as a whole. Craig excels at taking the reader and putting them in the position of the characters in the story. He succeeds in showing that there was no true right and wrong, black and white, divide. In short, he humanized both sides.

    Although this book excels in most fields, there are are some lackluster elements. William Craig introduced multitudes of characters, and it was very difficult to keep all of the characters and their names separate. However, as the story progressed it became much easier. Also, there was little flow to the novel. Craig simply jumped from one testimonial to another, and sometimes the reason for the change of topic was not easily tangible. Nevertheless, this is an excellent book. The author clearly succeeds in retelling the battle of Stalingrad. There are some flaws, but they do not keep the brilliance of this book from shining through.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2003

    Snipers

    In response to Emma Backe's review, snipers can have a great affect in a battle. In an urban environment, snipers thrive. Any soldier can be a sniper, it simply involves taking carefully placed shots, rather than using aggressive assault tactics. The study of snipers in Stalingrad is neccesary, snipers, and fear of them, are the embodiment of the fighting in Stalingrad.

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