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See all 3 questions about La Batalla por Stalingrado…. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. I found this book deeply problematic. Partly this is because I am irredeemably fussy and will nitpick anything to death, given half a chance. But I think my fundamental concern is a valid and important one. In this book, Craig has made some choices with which I vehemently disagree.
La Batalla por Stalingrado
One is to tell the story of Stalingrad rather than the historywhich he does by largely turning the progress of the siege into a series of interlaced human interest stories. The other, related choice is to radically I found this book deeply problematic. The other, related choice is to radically decontextualize the battle of Stalingrad. What do I mean by that? I mean that, for the vast majority of the book, it is possible, and indeed encouraged, to forget that the German soldiers with whom we are asked to sympathize are in fact the tools of an abhorrent, genocidal ideology and government.
It is never encouraged, and rarely possible, to forget that the Russians are batallz tools of Communism–which Craig, writing inclearly expects his readers to find abhorrent. He describes the Einsatzgruppen dismissively as “homicidal maniacs” 11and clearly feels that he can place the blame for the genocide of the Jews only on them, leaving his German soldiers and officers untainted. He uses the word “holocaust” more than once, without any seeming awareness that it has particular connotations in any discussion of German participation in World War II, and late in the book, he says, “Paulus stopped trying to convince his superiors that further resistance was mass murder” –without any recognition that “mass murder” batalla actually happening elsewhere in German-occupied Europe, in Auschwitz, Sobibor, and the willjam death camps.
Also, while Craig is quick and lavish in his description of the suffering of German and Axis POWs at the hands of the Russians, he absolutely and categorically ignores the systematic, programmatic starvation of Russian POWs by the Germans, and the equally systematic, programmatic, articulated as a matter of policy starvation of the civilian population in German-occupied Ukraine.
He’s stacked the deck, in other words, and I don’t find that acceptable. Do I think that the German soldiers and officers of the Sixth Army deserve sympathy?
Their sufferings were horrible and pointless, and I feel sympathy–sometimes unwillingly–for anyone who believed in Hitler and was betrayed which would be everyone who believed in Hitler. But I don’t think that the outcome of the battle of Stalingrad, and the suffering of the Sixth Army, somehow negates the reasons and the choices that put them there in the first place.
The Wehrmacht and its soldiers were not innocent of the Nazis’ crimes. Craig’s xe and valorization of warfare are d misplaced in the story he’s telling even more horribly misplaced if he were actually writing historyand his belief that the battle of Stalingrad is a tragedy, the “gradual moral and physical disintegration of the German soldiers” xiiis predicated on the idea that the Germans weren’t morally bankrupt before they ever crossed the Don.
And I find that idea, batqlla I said, deeply problematic. I have my grandfather’s original copy of this book, which was a huge motivator for me to read it. Enemy at the Gates: The Battle for Stalingrad is a non-fiction collection of interviews Craig conducted turned into a loose narrative outlining this critical battle. Historically, the Battle for Stalingrad triggered the end of the War for the Germans. Craig’s account details the battle, which at times came down to a handful of buildings d I have my grandfather’s original copy of this book, which was a huge motivator for me to read it.
Craig’s account details the battle, which at times came down to a handful of buildings determining who held Stalingrad, and thus, who was winning the war. For my taste, this wasn’t a terribly enjoyable read because it was very much a detailed account of the battle strategies employed by both sides of the war.
Craig stalongrado a fairly decent job of presenting unbiased viewpoints of the rationalizations for war tactics on either side. However, I just don’t particularly find this information interesting or useful.
I am more interested in the human factor of the war, not the stratagems. Batzlla does pepper in several narrative points throughout this book of the horrible ed, sounds, and experiences of the people involved, but it largely focuses on an objective strategic overview. Thus, it was not my cup of tea, but I could easily see how people interested in that sort silliam thing would love it.
It seemed to take me almost as long to read this book as it took to fight the actual battle. Although I finished it, I did so more out of inertia than anything else. The author filled the book with anecdotes about individual soldiers on both sides of the conflict, but he switched who he was talking about often and without preamble.
It wasn’t always clear which side of the battle a specific soldier was on. I had to keep stopping to figure out what was going on.
More maps would have helped. The ba It seemed to take me almost as long to read this book as it took to fight the actual battle. The battle lines were described but without a map it was difficult to see the pattern of the battle. Probably my biggest take-away was an feeling of horror at the things that people did to each other and to the brutality of the conditions a Russian winter under which they fought.
La Batalla por Stalingrado by William Craig (2 star ratings)
A so-and-so novel masquerading as the work of a historian. I can’t believe I’m actually reading a “war” book — so not my genre. OK, I tried, I really did. Maybe because it was the Christmas season, but I just couldn’t finish this first part of my review: Maybe because it was the Christmas season, but I just couldn’t finish this one. Anyway, I know how it ends Poorly written, but a great story of men in battle. Tom Williams rated it it was ok Oct 26, Khorn rated it it was ok May 24, James Darby rated it it was ok Mar 17, Thai Matus rated it it was ok Oct 17, Terry Dale rated it it was ok Jul 04, Michael Dorosh rated it it was ok Jul 05, Nurul Hudaa rated it it was ok Mar 19, Linh Nguyen rated it it was ok May 20, Lora Liao rated it it was ok Nov 22, Bigdaddy Buchanan rated it it was ok Feb 05, Sanjay Shrestha rated it it was ok Dec 18, Shyue Chou Chuang rated it it was ok Oct 04, Noran Miss Pumkin rated it it was ok Aug 12, Emma McKenzie rated it it was ok Oct 05, Jacob Fox rated it it was ok Feb 21, Stephan Kapustka rated it it was ok Aug 29, Tom Kemp rated it it was ok Apr 26, Nerwin Alester rated it it was ok Feb 19, Ajin Sharma rated it it was ok Oct 06, Robert rated it it was ok Feb 21, Tony rated it it was ok Jul 12, John Warner rated it it was ok Jun 02, Noor rated it it was ok Aug 21, Elaine rated it it was ok Nov 13, William Craig — was an American author and historian.
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Quotes from La Batalla De Sta Well over a million men and women died because of Stalingrad, a number far surpassing the previous records of dead at the first battle of the Somme and Verdun in The toll breaks down as follows: Conversations with official Russian sources on a not-for-attribution basis and it must be remembered that the Russians have never officially admitted their losses in World War II put the loss of Red Army soldiers at Stalingrad atkilled, wounded, or missing in action.
The Germans lost almostmen. The Italians lost more thanmen out of their ,man army. The Hungarians lost approximatelymen.