“The battle of Stalingrad was fought between the years 1941 and 1943” (Messenger 94). The Nazis were not prepared for the extremely cold Russian winter. Hitler should have learned the lesson that Napoleon, his French counterpart had learned a hundred years earlier. During operation Barbarossa, the German blitzkrieg moved swiftly east as if nothing could halt their forces. The soviets were not prepared for the battle as their front lines began to crumble from the ambushing troops, the soviets airbases were decimated and the soviets endured major losses of their airpower as hundreds of planes were destroyed. “As the Germans seemed as they were dominating the battle at first, the freezing cold temperatures matched with the sheer force of numbers of soviet tanks,...
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The Nazis defeat at Stalingrad turned the tides of war in the west. Hitler’s downfall had begun and his control over his once powerful army had been extremely weakened. After the battle of Stalingrad, Russia became a superpower its strength was exhibited way into the Cold War. If the Nazis had taken Stalingrad, the war might have had a different turnout for Hitler and his allies. There is no doubt Hitler would have sustained his crusade for world domination and he might have even succeeded. Stalingrad is also considered to be one of the bloodiest battles of all time, with total fatalities from both sides surpassing one million. This battle might have been the most important one in all of World War II and it changed the tides against one of the most infamous leaders of all time.
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