War is a series of battles. Some might end in a victory while most of the time when war is lost, most battles are also lost. This could lead to the deaths of millions of soldiers and along with it, an infinite amount of people caught in the crossfire including women and children. One of the hardest fought wars in the world is World War II. During the time Hitler decided to invade adjacent countries in Europe in order to persecute Jews and other people, World War II was on its way to becoming one of the most difficult times for humans. But, there is one battle that happened in World War II that resulted in the deaths of millions of people and is the bloodiest battle of all time.
The Battle of Stalingrad is the bloodiest battle in history. It also one of the most strategic battles of all time. But, no amount of strategy was able to save millions of lives from the people caught in the battle.
The battle started on August 23, 1943, and ended on February 2, 1943. It was the major battle of World War II and is probably known as the climax of the war. It happen when Nazi Germany as well as its allies fought the Soviet Union for the control of the city of Stalingrad which is now known as the city of Volgograd.
The Battle of Stalingrad was a battle of close quarter combat. It was also a battle wherein both sides were in complete disregard of military and civilian lives. It was indeed a battle in which no human lives were taken into account as long as one side won the battle. This alone made it one of the bloodiest battles in the history of human warfare.
In the late summer of 1942, the German’s 6th Army was able to control Stalingrad by intensive bombing from the Luftwaffe. On November 19, 1942, the Red Army was able to launch a two-pronged attack called Operation Uranus. The Red Army was able to attack two weaker forces from Romania and Hungary that protected the German 6th Army.
The two weaker armies were overrun and soon supplies were cut off from the 6th Army. This led the 6th Army to become desperate. Hitler ordered the 6th Army to stay on the ground and refused to surrender. Supplies were dropped by air but the heavy fighting continued. Two months later, both forces were exhausted without food and low ammunition and it was not long when the 6th Army finally surrendered.
During the battle, the Wehrmacht suffered heavy losses which turned the tide of the battle into the Soviet Union’s favor. This also turned around the war from the German Nazi towards the favor of the Allied forces. It was also in this battle that the German Nazis never fully recovered from the heavy losses in their lines.
At that time, the military force of Germany never regained a foothold in the East, and in order to supply the demands of the army in the East, they had to withdraw forces from the West. This led the Allies to a window of opportunity wherein they were able to send troops to the western part of Europe and started a campaign to help seize much of Europe. This began the downfall of Nazi Germany.
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All in all, there were more than one million people Soviets that died in the battle and 800,000 German Nazis.