We all have studied about the wars that happened in history. During the reign of world war II, one of the bloodiest battle was fought between soviets and germans, known as “Battle of Stalingrad”.
The Battle of Stalingrad caused about two million casualties from Soviet and Axis forces and stands as one of the century’s worst military disaster. It was one of the bloodiest battles in history and is considered as one of the major battles in the World War II.
The Germans were surprised by the troop strength of the Red Army at Stalingrad (now Volgograd) as the Soviet Union deployed over a million soldiers in Operation Uranus to kill the German Army inside the city.
The Axis forces were heavily defeated by the Red Army at Stalingrad, resulting in the withdrawal of their vast military force from the West to reinforce the losses in the East.
The death toll at Stalingrad was huge, leaving about 850,000 Axis soldiers dead, missing or wounded in the battle, and more than a million Soviet soldiers downed, missing or wounded. Most of the civilians residing in the city also died during the combat.
This was one battle in the European theatre that probably changed the world. If the Nazi Germany won this battle, we would have been a part of a very different world or perhaps, we would have never existed.
The Battle of Stalingrad was a result of Hitler’s decision to invade the Soviet Union without any declaration of war. The German offensive operation was known as Operation Barbarossa.
The battle started months later after Operation Barbarossa was started on 22nd June 1941. The Battle of Stalingrad started on 23rd August 1942. The battle is well-known for several reasons and one of them being, the street-level fights. The close quarter combats took place on streets and buildings.
The continuous bombing in the city killed thousands and thousands and the air became hot and filled with the stinking smell of dead and decaying corpses.
Cannibalism became common and widespread. Their protein intake came from rats. Civilians and soldiers picked dead horses and scraped off the meat as their food.
If one could think of a word that defines something worse than ‘terrible’, it would have perfectly painted the living conditions in Stalingrad during the battle.
Any new soldier who was sent to Stalingrad had a life-expectancy of 1 day and generals or other high-ranking officials had a life-expectancy of 3 days. Do you know any battle much worse than this? This is the reason why Battle of Stalingrad is called the bloodiest battle ever!
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