Show 18: Enemy at the Gates: The Battle of Stalingrad part 1

Stalingrad. It’s a name we’ve all heard before. It’s a showdown between two totalitarian systems and a battle that sent millions of people to the grave. Can you even imagine millions upon millions of men at war? Think about it. In our show today, this tragedy will take place in your ear drums, will desecrate your speakers. It’s beyond entertainment, though it is that. It’s beyond history, but it’s that too. And before you listen, know, there are no words in human language to describe the tragedy of this show – the limitless suffering. All I can say is thank you for joining us for another episode. Thank you for taking the time to listen and to hear about the darkest corners of human capacity. Solzhenitsyn said, “The line between good and evil runs through the heart of every man.” Press play and I will take you over the line and show you the evil side in your heart, and my heart, and all of our hearts. It’s all for free and it’s all on Battlecast – the world’s foremost podcast about war and its sociopolitical impact.

The drink this episode is Green Mark Vodka – 4 bullets out of 5.

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References:

Enemy at the Gates by William Craig

Stalingrad by Antony Beevor

Frontsoldaten: The German Soldier in World War II by Stephen G. Fritz

The West Point Military Atlas of Modern War edited by Thomas E. Griess

The West Point Military History of The Second World War edited by Thomas E. Griess

The Second World War by John Keegan

Diary of a German Soldier by William Hoffman

A Soviet Veteran Recalls by Anton Kuzmich Dragan

Winter Storm: The Battle for Stalingrad and the Operation to Rescue 6th Army by Hans Wijers

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany by William L. Shirer

Inside the Third Reich by Albert Speer

Stalin: A Political Biography by Isaac Deutscher

Hitler by John Toland

Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar by Simon Sebag Montefiore

Atlas of the Second World by John Keegan

Battle Maps:

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Army group B drives to Stalingrad; Army group A drives to the Caucasus Mountains
battlecast stalingrad russian map showing city layout
A Russian map showing the German drive (in red) to the city. Notice the shape of the city.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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