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Topic: Historical Article: The Russo-German War, Part 4
As the year 1942 came to an icy end, the famed Sixth Germany Army found itself in the grasp of the mighty Russian bear. With its powerful jaws and huge shaggy forelegs, the monster proceeded to slowly dismember this once proud unit of the Wehrmacht.
General Von Paulus
After three months of intensive fighting to take the industrial complex, the German forces found that as their attention had been directed ahead of them, the enemy had slammed in from either side, knocked away any resistance from the satellite armies protecting them, and began an inexorable death squeeze.
Stalin & Zhukov
Even as the German storm had broken over Stalingrad, Zhukov was in conference with Stalin. His plan was to muster enough reserve forces to crush in the forces protecting the German attack, and in doing so eliminate one enemy out of every twenty on Russian soil. Hesitant at first, Stalin opted to use the energy to protect the City named after him. With repeated assurances that the metropolis would not fall, he finally assented to the plan.
Lying in ambush
Shot-down Nazi plane
Road of Death
By the middle of November it began to look as though Stalingrad indeed would be completely overrun. Now almost completely encircled by units of the Sixth Army and the Fourth Panzer Army, there was little room left to fight. Five days later, on November 19th, step one of Operation Uranus began. Two Soviet Armies, the southwest and the Don Fronts, struck the Rumanian troops to the Northeast and swept them aside. The next day, step two was initiated with the attack of the Stalingrad Front from the southeast, Again satellite troops were overwhelmed and ran for their lives. In just four days the pincers closed around the Sixth Army. Part of the Fourth Panzer Army barely extricated itself in time, and was in total confusion.