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Stopped at Stalingrad : the Luftwaffe and Hitler's defeat in the east, 1942-1943

Author: Joel S A Hayward
Publisher: Lawrence, Kan. : University Press of Kansas, ©1998.
Series: Modern war studies.
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Most accounts of the Battle of Stalingrad have focused on the dismal fate of the German Army. Joel Hayward now chronicles Luftwaffe operations during that campaign, focusing on Hitler's use of the air force as a tactical rather than strategic weapon in close support of ground forces.
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Hayward, Joel S. A.
Stopped at Stalingrad.
Lawrence, Kan. : University Press of Kansas, c1998
(OCoLC)605415495
Named Person: Adolf Hitler; Adolf Hitler
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joel S A Hayward
ISBN: 0700608761 9780700608768 0700611460 9780700611461
OCLC Number: 37226814
Notes: Based on the author's thesis (doctoral)--University of Canterbury.
Description: xxiii, 393 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Designation and Structure of Operational Units and Commands --
Equivalent Officer Ranks --
1. Hitler's Utopian Strategy --
2. The Need to "Clear Up" the Crimea: November 1941 to May 1942 --
3. Operation "Bustard Hunt": May 1942 --
4. Operation "Sturgeon Catch": June-July 1942 --
5. Stampede to the Don: June-July 1942 --
6. Stalemate in the Caucasus: July-December 1942 --
7. Toward Destruction: August-November 1942 --
8. Disaster and Decisions: November 1942 --
9. Failure: November-December 1942 --
10. Collapse: January 1943.
Series Title: Modern war studies.
Responsibility: Joel S.A. Hayward.

Abstract:

Most accounts of the Battle of Stalingrad have focused on the dismal fate of the German Army. Joel Hayward now chronicles Luftwaffe operations during that campaign, focusing on Hitler's use of the air force as a tactical rather than strategic weapon in close support of ground forces.

He vividly details the Luftwaffe's key role as "flying artillery," showing that the army relied on Luftwaffe support to a far greater degree than has been previously revealed and that its successes in the East occurred largely because of the effectiveness of that support.

Hayward analyzes this major German offensive from the standpoint of cooperation between ground and air forces to attain mutually agreed upon objectives. He draws on diaries of both key commanders and regular airmen to recreate crucial battles and convey the drama of Hitler's frustrations and reckless leadership.

Ultimately, Hayward shows, the poorly conceived strategies of Hitler, Goering, and others in Berlin doomed the efforts of air commander Wolfram von Richthofen, a courageous and resolute leader attempting to come to grips with an increasingly impossible situation.

By reconsidering the campaign in the light of a wider body of documentary sources and analyzing many previously ignored events, Hayward provides military historians and general readers a much deeper and more complete understanding of the Battle of Stalingrad and its impact on World War II.

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