By Michael Jones
In February 1943, German forces surrendered to the crimson military at Stalingrad and the tide of battle grew to become. through could 1945 Soviet infantrymen had stormed Berlin and taken down Hitler's regime. overall conflict follows the fortunes of those combatants as they liberated Russia and the Ukraine from the Nazi invader and fought their approach into the guts of the Reich. It finds the horrors they skilled - the Holocaust, genocide and the mass homicide of Soviet POWs - and indicates the pink military, brutalized through warfare, taking its poor revenge at the German civilian inhabitants. For the 1st time Russian veterans are candid in regards to the bad atrocities their very own military devoted. yet additionally they describe their fight to elevate themselves from the abyss of hatred. Their warfare opposed to the Nazis - which largely introduced the second one global warfare in Europe to an finish - is a tarnished yet deeply relocating tale of sacrifice and redemption
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Churchill had to personally explain to the Soviet leader that the Arctic convoys, which carried British and American aid to Russia, had been suspended after heavy shipping losses, and there would be no Second Front this year. Four days after the conference closed, on 19 August 1942, an Allied raid on Dieppe ended in failure. The Soviet Union was left to face the German onslaught largely on its own. There were doubts in British circles whether Russia would be able to hold on. Richthofen wrote: 'With a mixture of bluff and bravado, Stalin will have declared to Churchill his absolute resolve to hold on at Stalingrad.
But Hitler's Barbarossa plan had not come to fruition. In the north, besieged Leningrad was enduring terrible hardship, with hundreds of thousands of its citizens dying of starvation, yet still held out against the enemy. In the south, 13 TOTAL WAR Soviet forces had successfully counter-attacked at Rostovon-Don. At Moscow, the Red Anny had fought the Gennans to a standstill. Its initial retreat had not escalated into mass flight. Time had been won to evacuate vital industries east, beyond the Ural mountains, and to redeploy fresh troops from the Soviet Far East in front of the Russian capital.
Richthofen wrote: 'With a mixture of bluff and bravado, Stalin will have declared to Churchill his absolute resolve to hold on at Stalingrad. ' Stalin knew that the stakes were high. Soviet air force captain Stepan Mikoyan - the son of Stalin's trade minister, Anastas Mikoyan - was employed on aerial surveillance 39 TOTAL WAR missions, reporting directly to the Soviet leader himself 'We all knew the importance of holding on at Stalingrad,' Mikoyan said. A military failure there would have terrible consequences.