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Later fighting will presumably be covered in later volumes. The name does sum it up, the book is not a long chronicling of the battle like Antony Bevor's book, and neither is it an analysis of the evolving urban tactics that the armies employed.
Instead the book seeks to provide an overview of the fighting, day by day, and place it into the context of the battle. It does so very effectively.
Joly draws on many reports, maps, and sketch maps from almost every unit involved in the operations that his book covers, allowing him to present a series of maps that chart the battle and place the units involved. It effectively visualises the parts of the city that saw active fighting and allows very good visualisation of how the fighting progressed.
The book covers a one-month period that saw intense fighting, and it ends at a reasonable place, when both armies paused to re-organise themselves and plan their next moves. I will be very interested to see the subsequent volumes that cover later periods of battle.
This book should not be taken as a history of the battle that stands up well on its own, simply because it covers one period of the battle.
It is, however, an invaluable companion to other histories of the battle, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in the battle for Stalingrad, as it is very effective indeed in what it sets out to do.
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In some other books chronicling the battle, actions come across as somewhat disjointed - where is the Central Station; how far is it to Station No. Where is the Red October factory in all this - and this book very effectively allows you to better understand what is going on.
It does have issues - the maps could do with being considerably crisper, since they look rather like small maps that have been digitally made bigger, which makes them somewhat blurry. It is all still readable, but could very much do with being made to a higher resolution. Many pages have photographs from the battle, but lack captions.
While most are linked with the previous situation map, they could give a lot more with even simple captions, such as 'soviet soldiers assault a block near 9th January Square' or 'an aerial veiw of the city from above Mamayev Kurgan'. Nevertheless, I have found the book to be excellent, a companion to the battle like no other.
In a way it is surprising that a book like this has only recently been published.
I would strongly recommend it to anyone who wants to look at the battle in a little more depth, or indeed to anyone studying the battle for pleasure or for their studies. I sincerely hope Mr Joly is able to publish further volumes to cover later fighting, particularly in the factory districts and beyond.
I have still not got it back despite repeatedly asking. I therefore purchased a 2nd copy and to my pleasant surprise, I have found that the many pictures in this book now have captions!
They do add to the book, giving each image more context, and helping link the images to the situation that the maps describe.The Battle of Stalingrad was a very unique battle.
There were several things that made it such a unique battle. One of the things was that the battle was fought in a city. Batman Essay Everyone enjoys the story of the super hero vigilante Batman, and Christopher Nolan did a great job at creating a more modern and realistic series of films (Batman Begins, The Dark Night, and The Dark Night Rises).
This issue provides an in-depth historical analysis of one of history's greatest battles. It analyzes every facet of the German offensive in Russia, including the Soviet counteroffensive that marked the wars overall turning point.
The nine chapters each include several original maps, detailed orders of battle, and numerous photographs. Stalingrad author, Jason Mark's massive tome, Angriff - The German Attack on Stalingrad, is perhaps one of the finest photo-histories of any battle in any war.
The scholarly attention to detail and massive amount of unpublished photos in Jason Mark's work makes Road to Destruction looks like a Author: Ian Baxter. A memorial complex commemorating the battle of Stalingrad, dominated by an immense allegorical sculpture The Motherland Calls, was erected on the Mamayev Kurgan, the hill that saw some of the most intense fighting during the battle.
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