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Stalingrad: 1943 and 2013

RW6 Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 9:47 AM
This is why Hitler was practically begging Japan to take a Northern strategy in 1941, and invade Russia, rather than the Southern strategy (Pearl Harbor and all that) it actually took.
Feb. 2 marked the 70th anniversary of the end of one of World War II's most decisive and utterly destructive battles, the five-months of slaughter in the Russian city then called Stalingrad.

In 2012, this column revisited several major battles of 1942, including Midway and El Alamein. Midway destroyed Japan's strategic offensive capabilities. El Alamein began the Western Allies' long drive to Berlin. Winston Churchill saw Britain's North African victory as, "perhaps, the end of the beginning."

Subsequent allied victories on the Western and Eastern fronts proved Churchill correct, with Stalingrad the eastern end of the beginning.

However, the defeat Adolf...