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Sunday, 17 February 2013

17 February 2013. RIA-Novosti Infographic. The Battle of Stalingrad: A Victory That Changed the Course of the War

00 RIA-Novosti Infographics. Battle of Stalingrad. 2013


70 years ago, one of the greatest military podvigs* in Russian history occurred. In the bloody Battle of Stalingrad, the Red Army crushed the Wehrmacht, beginning its liberation of the USSR from the invaders. As a special offering for the anniversary of the great battle, RIA-Novosti gives you this Infographic about the legendary battle.

The victory at Stalingrad had a decisive influence on the future course of the Great Patriotic War. Because of its victory in the battle, the Red Army firmly seized the strategic initiative, dictating its will to the enemy. This changed the nature of the actions of the German forces in the Caucasus, in Rzhev, and in Demyansk. The Red Army’s attack forced the Wehrmacht to order the preparation of Eastern Wall, which was supposed to stop the advance of the Red Army. The outcome of the Battle of Stalingrad caused consternation and confusion in the Axis countries. Crisis brewed in the pro-fascist juntas in Italy, Romania, Hungary, and Slovakia. It also dramatically weakened the influence of Germany on its allies, and notably aggravated the differences between them. It caused political circles in Turkey to have an increased desire to maintain neutrality. In other neutral countries, it caused restraint and aloofness in their relations with Germany.

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* Podvig is almost untranslatable in English… it’s the highest form of exploit… going beyond “beyond the call of duty”… it’s the ne plus ultra in Russian. It is NOT a purely-spiritual term… it applies to all extraordinary feats of bravery, self-sacrifice, and dedication.


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