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Did Stalin offer Hitler peace after Stalingrad?

The NYT article is entirely based on the book "History of the Second World War" by B.H. Liddell Hart, 1971. I checked the book. Here is the complete citation: Nevertheless, the extent to ...
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What made Stalingrad a turning point in the second world war?

Stalingrad was less of a "radical turn point" as it was an inevitable consequence of a long war between the Germans and the Soviets. Similar to Japan, Germany was not prepared for a long war, while ...
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Did Stalin offer Hitler peace after Stalingrad?

Deceptive spring of 1943 The general situation on the Eastern front in late February, early March of 1943 was this: the German summer offensive Fall Blau have failed, and the Germans did not capture ...
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Could Battle of Stalingrad be won by Germany if they haven't lost so many aircraft in Battle of Britain?

No. With more aircraft Germany would have had the chance to reduce Stalingrad to debris. But debris are actually a good place to defend, even more than a city no being bombarded. In the city itself, ...
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Did Stalin offer Hitler peace after Stalingrad?

About peace offers in general The thing about peace offers is simple, and do not rely on Hitler's craziness, but on the principles of Hitler and the Nazi movement: According to them (it is explained ...
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Could Battle of Stalingrad be won by Germany if they haven't lost so many aircraft in Battle of Britain?

No. The deficiencies of the Luftwaffe at Stalingrad, most famously the failure by the Luftwaffe to supply their encircled forces at Stalingrad, was not due to a lack of aircraft in Germany as a whole....
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What happened to Wilhelm Hoffman?

You pose an interesting question. Short of investigating the German military archives, & assuming that they have complete records for Wilhelm Hoffman (the German government did have a notable ...
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Was the average lifespan of a soldier deployed within Stalingrad only 24 hours?

The question really relates to which group of Soviet soldiers had average life expectancies of 24 hours. But during the battle, there were in fact some such groups, One example was Rodimtsev's 13th ...
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Why was Axis intelligence so poor in relation to Operation Uranus?

It was not, but reaction was not adequate First of all, it should be mentioned that both Germans and Romanians recognized weakness of Romanian armies on flanks of Army Group B already in late ...
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Did it matter that the Red Army clung on to Stalingrad's West bank in 1942?

Yes. Even though I agree with both @Tom and @Kunikov's answers, I feel that there's also another element. Let's pretend Uranus, the encirclement phase, never happened at all. Even then the ...
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Did the Torch operation help doom the Germans at Stalingrad?

The influence of Torch on the Cyrenaic battle is questionnable, as the Allied Torch forces were getting in contact with Axis force in East Algeria and Tunisia in a low fashion. I mean, because of ...
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How big were the two German pockets at the end of the battle of Stalingrad?

The most detailed map, I was able to find, is here. As you can see both "pockets" at the time of a surrender had area of only a few square kilometers. However, by the 25th January (the last day the ...
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Was the average lifespan of a soldier deployed within Stalingrad only 24 hours?

Not a direct answer, but I have seen a study showing that the death/shot down rate for Allied fighter pilots in WW2 dropped off dramatically once they survived their first five combat missions. ...
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How low on ammunition were the Germans at Stalingrad when they surrendered?

You seem to overestimate the pure fact of the loss of the Goumrak airfield (on 21st of January), as even after that the 6th army still got the supplies by air (by another small airfield near Goumrak ...
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Was the average lifespan of a soldier deployed within Stalingrad only 24 hours?

Let us count. Notice, we are talking about mere evaluation, not about strict numbers. According to wiki, there were about 1,100,000 people from the Russian side at the peak. And 1,100,000 losses - ...
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Why didn't Germany bomb the crap out of Stalingrad to win the city?

The axis (mostly Germans) did bomb Stalingrad. A lot of cities were on fire and the water and electricity grids were out. By the end of the battle, almost the whole city was destroyed, but some ...
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What was the German perspective on Stalingrad?

The question could be made more clearer on what is meant by German perspective. I will answer it the way I understood it, and rephrased in the sense I understood it the question becomes: "What ...
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What was the German perspective on Stalingrad?

Heinrich Gerlach was a participant of the Battle of Stalingrad. In captivity he started to write a book on this topic, which was confiscated by the Soviets. Back in Germany he tried to reconstruct the ...
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Are the "bone fields" of the Stalingrad encircled battlefields real?

I was there in November of 1998 in Pitomnik and Peschanka. Pitomnik still has remains in large areas where it is hard to walk without stepping on human bones. I tried not to wherever possible but I ...
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Are the "bone fields" of the Stalingrad encircled battlefields real?

I went on a Stalingrad tour in 2000 and one day we were taken out to see old dugouts and foxholes. At one point near the northwest boundary of the pocket we were allowed to look around and some of us ...
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