The battle the Germans were not expected to lose and where the Russians were not expected to win.

New Photographs have come out the Battle of Stalingrad and I am fascinated by this battle as it shows the depths that man can sink to, and how desperate people will fight for their country against an invader.

I have total respect for those who fought against the Nazis and their allies in WW2 and never cease to be amazed at the horrors that the Russians went through with regards to Barbarossa and still they carried on determined to win, and this is a classic example of under estimating the enemy.

The hand to hand fighting in buildings was personal to the point that one floor contained the Germans, the next floor the Russians and the floor above the Germans is definitely the first time that such urban fighting had taken place, and this was achieved with brilliance by the Russians.

When the Germans surrendered it was said to be the start of the end of the Nazis and the German Army and when 100,000 men of the 6th Army went into captivity only 5,000 came back. Were we supposed to feel sorry for them? Up until that point the Germans had captured some 2 million Russians and they were not seen again….

Surprisingly there was some 96 children who survived in the ruins of Stalingrad and the upsetting thing is that they had forgotten how to act and play as children, and they spent their time staring at walls and looking haunted. It is not a war that anyone wanted to be in but one that taught so much about urban warfare.

Anyway, these pictures show how the Nazis under estimated those they considered beneath them and all I can say is well done Russia for defeating the biggest evil that man had known to that point.. and my sympathy level hit zero for the Germans.

Images of War: The Nazis’ winter warfare on the Eastern Front, 1941-1945, written by historian Ian Baxter and published by Pen and Sword, uses hundreds of images of the winter months of the doomed invasion to outline what went wrong. 

1941/1942: Officials’ brazen summer confidence that the invasion would be over by New Year is sapped by the fierce winter which arrives in October .

Their uniforms, motorbikes and armoured cars covered with snow, German troops are seen battling through the harsh Russian winters as they try to invade the Soviet Union. The rare image, taken in 1941,  features in new book Images of War: The Nazis' winter warfare on the Eastern Front, 1941-1945, written by historian Ian Baxter and published by Pen and Sword

In most areas of the German advance, the appalling weather brought columns of wheeled vehicles to a standstill. Many horses which were tasked with pulling equipment through the mud died from heart strain. The German high command quickly realised that their prediction that the war against the Soviet Union would be won that year was going to be disastrously wrong. Pictured: German infantry pose in the snow in front of their stationary vehicles
By the end of October, a combination of heavy rain, snow showers and mist made the movement of German units almost impossible. It became clear that Germans' vehicles, equipment and clothing were all inferior to those of the Russian army, who were used to the conditions. Soldiers donned overcoats, fur hats, and Russian felt boots to keep warm as their own leather footwear fell apart. Pictured: A frozen German soldier is seen trying to keep warm as he and fellow troops are battered by snow
A German motorcyclist has problems with his bike, caused by the extremely muddy conditions. He is wearing the standard issue waterproof coat. It has which wool collar and two large pockets on the the front and side. On his back he is carrying a 7.92mm Kar 98k Mauser bolt-action rifle
Images of War: The Nazis' winter warfare on the Eastern Front, 1941-1945, is written by historian Ian Baxter and published by Pen and Sword in June 2021

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