World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF RUSSIA: In the Gentle Valleys

On the undulant plateau before Stalingrad, the Germans and the Russians waged one of the great battles of history. Upwards of 1,000,000 men, many thousands of guns and tanks, many hundreds of planes met in and over the gentle valleys and the rolling hillocks of the steppes northwest and southwest of the city.

In each sector it was a battle for one hillock, one valley, then another and another. These separate battles made, in their whole, a struggle which may rank with Tours, Waterloo and the First Battle of the Marne among the...

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