Stalingrad 1942–43 (3)

Catastrophe: the Death of 6th Army

Stalingrad 1942–43 (3) cover


The final part in a three-book series on the Battle of Stalingrad, examining the Soviet encirclement, German relief efforts, and the final surrender of Paulus' 6.Armee.

Having fought hard just to reach the outskirts of Stalingrad, the Axis forces found themselves embroiled in a protracted urban battle amid the ruins of a devastated city on the Volga. The Soviet Red Army was able to hold onto the city then mount a surprise winter counter-offensive known as Operation Uranus, which succeeded in encircling the German 6.Armee at Stalingrad. Despite a desperate German relief operation, the Red Army eventually crushed the 6.Armee and hurled the remnants of the German southern front back in disorder.

This third and final volume in the Stalingrad trilogy begins just after the German 6.Armee has been isolated at Stalingrad, and covers the period from 24 November 1942 to 2 February 1943. The specially commissioned maps and 3D diagrams guide the reader in step-by-step, easily to follow detail through the German relief operation (Wintergewitter), the fighting on the Chir River, and the Soviet operations Koltso and Little Saturn, and are complimented by the battlescene artworks that vividly depict the harsh conditions experienced by the common soldiers fighting on both sides.

Table of Contents

Origins of the Camapign


Orders of Battle, 19 November 1942



Operation Uranus, 19–23 November 1942
The initial German reaction, 24–28 November 1942
The Battle of the Chir River, 30 November–15 December 1942
Wintergewitter, 12–29 December 1942
Little Saturn, 16–28 December 1942
Stalingrad Kesselschlacht, 1–31 December 1942
Operation Ring and the end of 6.Armee, 1 January–2 February 1943

The Battlefield Today
Further Reading

Product details

Published Nov 22 2022
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781472842732
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations Colour illustrations throughout, including battlescene artworks, maps, 3D diagrams and photographs.
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Campaign
Short code CAM 385
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Robert Forczyk

Robert Forczyk has a PhD in International Relation…


Steve Noon

Steve Noon was born in Kent, UK, and attended art…


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