World: After Stalingrad?

The Germans were winning what they set out to win in Russia this year. They were, that is, achieving their minimum objective for 1942: to weaken Russia so that Soviet power no longer would be the greatest single threat to German hegemony.

With or without Stalingrad and the Volga, the Red Army would fight on. The question was how it would fight, how effectively to preserve the rest of Russia, how potently as an ally of the United Nations. There were no pat answers. Hitler had not achieved his maximum objective: destruction of the...

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