Stalingrad, modern day Volgograd, is a city in southern Russia on the Volga river. During the World War II one of the largest an most important battles between German and Soviet troops occurred in the city.

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Was the attempt to take Stalingrad a distraction to the original objectives of the German Sixth Army during Case Blue in 1942?

If the objective of Sixth Army was to close the Volga to Russian shipping while simultaneously protecting the left flank of the Caucasus forces, then attacking Stalingrad could be seen as a ...