Troops of the German Wehrmacht in front of Stalingrad, Winter 1942. (Credits: Bundesarchiv)

Unternehmen Wintergewitter: Manstein’s Effort to Rescue the 6th Army at Stalingrad

Stalingrad should never have happened. That is, the siege that trapped and destroyed the German Sixth Army was avoidable. But, through a combination of strategic dithering, tactically idiotic orders, and overconfidence, instead of attacking Stalingrad in the beginning of summer 1942 when the city was vulnerable, Sixth Army did not attack until late August when …

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