The Battle Of Stalingrad: Major Factors And The Battle Of World War II

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WWII was a worldwide conflict involving every major power in the world. The two sides were generally known as the Allies and the Axis. The Allied Powers consisted of U.S., Britain, France, USSR, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Greece, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, South Africa, and Yugoslavia while the Axis Powers was composed of Germany, Italy, Japan, Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria. The Second World War was a war fought from 1939 to 1945 in Europe and, during much of the 1930s and 1940s, in Asia. The war in Europe began on September 1, 1939 with the invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany, and ended on September 2, 1945, with the official surrender of the last Axis nation, Japan. Throughout this war, there were several major turning …show more content…
during World War II and occurred between August 21, 1942 and February 2, 1943. It stopped the German advance into the Soviet Union and marked the turning of the tide of war in favor of the Allies. The Battle of Stalingrad was one of the bloodiest battles in history, with with a total of 2 million casualties, both military and civilian. Hitler invaded Stalingrad for two major reasons; oil and propaganda. The capture of this city would result in the securing of the left flank of the Germans as they proceed to advance into the Caucasus with large oil deposits, and the German army was very low on oil. Along with the obtainment of oil, taking over this city meant a lot to Hitler because it bore the name of his sworn enemy, Joseph Stalin. If successful, this would surely bring up German spirits and give them confidence throughout the rest of the war. After hearing of these plans, Stalin had to make sure that the Germans were not able to seize this city. Stalin practically sent out any man that was in a good enough physical condition to hold and fire a gun to protect this city and to protect it at all

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