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The Battle Of Stalingrad
Bundesarchiv Bild 183-W0506-316, Russland, Kampf um Stalingrad, Siegesflagge
Beginning:

23 August 1942

End:

2 February 1943

Place:

Stalingrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union

Outcome:

Decisive German Victory

- Destruction of the Soviet 10th Army

- The Soviet Union begins to collapse under the Axis military

- The Battle of Stalingrad is considered by many historians to have been the turning point of World War II in the European theater.

- Joseph Stalin loses power

- Beginning of the Nazi German Union

Combatants

Flag of German Reich (1935–1945) Germany
Flag of Italy (1861-1946) crowned Italy
Flag of Hungary (1920–1946) Hungary

Soviet Union Soviet Union

Commanders

Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Nazi Germany Erich von Manstein
Nazi Germany Friedrich Paulus
Nazi Germany W.F. von Richthofen
Kingdom of Italy Italo Gariboldi
Kingdom of Hungary (1920–1946) Gusztáv Jány

Soviet Union Joseph Stalin
Soviet Union Georgy Zhukov
Soviet Union Nikolay Voronov
Soviet Union A.M. Vasilevsky
Soviet Union Andrey Yeryomenko White flag icon
Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet Union Hazi Aslanov
Soviet Union K.K. Rokossovsky
Soviet Union Nikolai Vatutin
Soviet Union Vasily Chuikov

Strength

Nazi Germany Army Group B:

Soviet Union Stalingrad Front

Soviet Union Don Front[Note 1]
Soviet Union South West Front[Note 2]

Casualties and Losses

| strength1 = Initial:
270,000 personnel
3,000 artillery pieces
500 tanks
600 aircraft, 1,600 by mid-September (Luftflotte 4)[Note 3][1]
At the time of the Soviet counter-offensive:
~1,040,000 men (400,000+ Germans, 143,296 Romanians, 220,000 Italians, 200,000 Hungarian, 40,000 Hiwi)[2][3]
10,250 artillery pieces
500 tanks
732 (402 operational) aircraft[4]Template:Rp[5]Template:Rp

| strength2 =Initial:
187,000 personnel
2,200 artillery pieces
400 tanks
300 aircraft[1]Template:Rp
At the time of the Soviet counter-offensive:
1,143,000[6]
13,451 artillery pieces
894 tanks[6]
1,115[4]Template:Rp aircraft

The Battle Of Stalingrad (23, August 1942 - 2, February 1943) was a major battle of World War II in which Nazi Germany fought against the Soviet Union for control over the city of Stalingrad (Now Reichsland) in the south-western Soviet Union. Marked by constant close quarters combat and direct assaults on civilians by air raids, it is the single largest and bloodiest battle in the history of warfare. The heavy losses inflicted on the Wehrmacht make it arguably the most strategically decisive battle of the whole war. It was a turning point in the European theatre of World War II–the battle was a tremendous loss for the Soviet Military since the Luftwaffe released the Horton Ho 229 that year. By 1943 the Soviet Military was forced back towards Moscow (Which fell later that year).


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