Stopped at Stalingrad: The Luftwaffe and Hitler's Defeat in the East, 1942-1943

Stopped at Stalingrad: The Luftwaffe and Hitler's Defeat in the East, 1942-1943

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by Joel S. A. Hayward
     
 

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By the time Hitler declared war on the Soviet Union in 1941, he knew that his military machine was running out of fuel. In response, he launched Operation Blau, a campaign designed to protect Nazi oilfields in Rumania while securing new ones in the Caucasus. All that stood in the way was Stalingrad.

Most accounts of the Battle of Stalingrad have focused on the

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By the time Hitler declared war on the Soviet Union in 1941, he knew that his military machine was running out of fuel. In response, he launched Operation Blau, a campaign designed to protect Nazi oilfields in Rumania while securing new ones in the Caucasus. All that stood in the way was Stalingrad.

Most accounts of the Battle of Stalingrad have focused on the dismal fate of the German Army. Joel Hayward now chronicles Luftwaffe operations during that campaign, focusing on Hitler's use of the air force as a tactical rather than strategic weapon in close support of ground forces. He vividly details the Luftwaffe's key role as "flying artillery," showing that the army relied on Luftwaffe support to a far greater degree than has been previously revealed and that its successes in the East occurred largely because of the effectiveness of that support.

Hayward analyzes this major German offensive from the standpoint of cooperation between ground and air forces to attain mutually agreed objectives. He draws on diaries of both key commanders and regular airmen to recreate crucial battles and convey the drama of Hitler's frustrations and reckless leadership. Ultimately, Hayward shows, the poorly conceived strategies of Hitler, Goering, and others in Berlin doomed the efforts of air commander Wolfram von Richthofen, a courageous and resolute leader attempting to come to grips with an increasingly impossible situation.

Stopped at Stalingrad is a dynamic case study in combined arms warfare that fills in many of the gaps left by other studies of the eastern war. By reconsidering the campaign in the light of a wider body of documentary sources and analyzing many previously ignored events, Hayward provides military historians and general readers a much deeper and more complete understanding of the Battle of Stalingrad and its impact on World War II.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780700611461
Publisher:
University Press of Kansas
Publication date:
04/28/1998
Series:
Modern War Studies Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
424
Sales rank:
641,037
Product dimensions:
5.92(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.94(d)

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Stopped at Stalingrad; The Luftwaffe and Hitler's Defeat in the East, 1942-1943 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best book on Stalingrad, by an author whose new book on Lord Nelson is already widely hailed as the best book on Nelson. Great research, original conclusions, fluent writing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book leaves Anthony Beevor's book for dead. It explains with tremendous insight and reliability the whole strategy of German eastern front operations in 1942. It has uniquely a bi-service, or 'joint', focus, meaning that it analyses the close cooperation between Luftwaffe and German army (Heer). Without Luftwaffe support, Hayward points out, the German army would not even have reached Stalingrad. The research is unimpeachable, being based on a very deep and long study of German reports, squadron and division records and even commanders' personal diaries. This book has become a classic and is considered the standard work on the subject. No wonder: it is thoroughly researched, thoughfully structured and argued, and expertly written. Magnificent!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best book on Stalingrad, by an author whose new book on Lord Nelson is already widely hailed as the best book on Nelson. Great research, original conclusions, fluent writing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book leaves Anthony Beevor's book for dead. It explains with tremendous insight and reliability the whole strategy of German eastern front operations in 1942. It has uniquely a bi-service, or 'joint', focus, meaning that it analyses the close cooperation between Luftwaffe and German army (Heer). Without Luftwaffe support, Hayward points out, the German army would not even have reached Stalingrad. The research is unimpeachable, being based on a very deep and long study of German reports, squadron and division records and even commanders' personal diaries. This book has become a classic and is considered the standard work on the subject. No wonder: it is thoroughly researched, thoughfully structured and argued, and expertly written. Magnificent!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first customer reviewer has got to be kidding. This is the best book on a single air campaign ever written. And the attention paid to joint warfare is fantastic, especially given that almost nothing on Wehrmacht jointness has been written before. No, this book isn't on the Red Army and Air Force, but it doesn't claim to be. Its about how the Luftwaffe coped with a catastrophe (the Stalingrad encirclement. As such, its much, much better than the previous reviewer suggested. The book is also nicely produced, with a lovely cover, excellent maps and many photos never seen before. Check out the very positive reviews that this book has got from the world's leading military historians (you'll find them on the Barnes and Noble page for the PAPERBACK edition of this book). If the glowing praise of Richard Overy and others doesn't convince you that this book is outstanding,you must be a dreadful sceptic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great picture of German Nazi Generals and conditions in Nazi Headquarters. However, nothing is said about skilful Soviet commanders and heroism of the soldiers. If you want really good picture of the battle, read Craig's Enemy at the Gates, Beevor's Stalingrad and/or Chuikov's The Battle for Stalingrad.