[THE BATTLE OF STALINGRAD] The Siege of Stalingrad Told in 52 Pages of Pictures and Text
London: Communist Party of Great Britain, . 52 pp.: ill. 18,5x16,5 cm. In original illustrated wrappers. Covers detached from block and slightly soiled, rusty staples. Otherwise very good.
A wartime edition compiled by the Communist Party of Great Britain before the opening of the Second Front. The verso of the front cover features the alternative title of the publication: ‘This is the epic story of the siege of Stalingrad, told in photographs, words, and maps from August 23, 1952, to February 3, 1943’.
The book details the effects of World War II on Stalingrad and showcases the Soviet fight against the Nazis. The Battle of Stalingrad lasted from August 23, 1942, to February 2, 1943. The bloodiest confrontation of the Second World War, the Battle of Stalingrad, was aimed at gaining control over the major industrial and transport hub on the Volga River.
The edition features 61 photographs of soldiers during military actions, civilians, shelters, urban views after the heavy bombing, clouds of smoke and dust shot from airplanes, a picture of the city camouflage, and German captives after their surrender. There are also five schemes showing the movements of both armies.
On September 7, the Wehrmacht formed a semi-circle around the city. In February 1943, the German 6th army, having exhausted their ammunition and food, finally capitulated, making it the first of Hitler’s field armies to surrender during World War Two after five months, one week, and three days of fighting.
Worldcat shows copies of the edition located at LoC, Princeton, Harvard, Stanford, Michigan, Northwestern, and Central Florida Universities.