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Stalingrad (Hardback)

City on Fire

WWII Russia & the Eastern Front Stalingrad Military

By Alexey Isaev, Translated by Richard W Harrison
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 320
Illustrations: 40
ISBN: 9781526742650
Published: 14th November 2019

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So much has been written about the Battle of Stalingrad – the Soviet victory that turned the tide of the Second World War – that we should know everything about it. But the history of the war, and the battle, is evolving and is being written anew, and Alexey Isaev’s engrossing account is a striking example of this fresh approach.

By bringing together previously unpublished Russian archive material – strategic directives and orders, after-action reports and official records of all kinds – with the vivid recollections of soldiers who were there, in the front lines, he reconstructs what happened in extraordinary detail. The evidence leads him to question common assumptions about the conduct of the battle – about the use of tanks and mechanized forces, for instance, and the combat capability, and tenacity, of the defeated and surrounded German Sixth Army in the last weeks before it surrendered.

His gripping narrative carries the reader through the course of the entire battle from the first small-scale encounters on the approaches to Stalingrad in July 1942, through the intense continuous fighting through the city, to the encirclement, the beating back of the relieving force and the capitulation of the Sixth Army in February 1943.

Alexey Isaev’s latest book is an important contribution to the literature on this decisive battle. It offers a thought-provoking revised view of events for readers who are already familiar with the story, and it is a fascinating introduction for those who are coming to it for the first time.

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About Alexey Isaev

Alexey Isaev is one of the leading Russian military historians of the conflict on the Eastern Front during the Second World War. Several of his ground-breaking books have been translated into English including Barbarossa through Soviet Eyes: The First Twenty-Four Hours (with Artem Drabkin), The End of the Gallop: The Battle for Kharkov February-March 1943, Dubno 1941: The Greatest Tank Battle of the Second World War and Tomb of the Panzerwaffe: The Defeat of the Sixth SS Panzer Army in Hungary 1945 (with Maksim Kolomiets).


About Richard W Harrison

Richard Harrison is a writer, editor and translator specializing in Russian military history. He has also taught Russian history and military history at the college and university level. Among his publications are several translations of the studies compiled by the Soviet Army General Staff on Red Army operations during the Second World War.

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