On this day: The Battle of Stalingrad began

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As the Germans get ahead towards Stalingrad in the summer of 1942, residents became embroiled in war (July 17, 1942 – Feb. 2, 1943)  and a ample scale evacuation began, but the Wehrmacht’s advance was too quick. Because the urban district bore Stalin’s name it was important for the Soviet forces to hold it, if sole to boost morale. For six months the Germans battled the Red Army for control. 

The Germans’ unprofitable attempts to encircle and destroy the entire Red Army in South Russia resulted in the preordained Nazi defeat, and ultimately destroyed Hitler’s dream of commanding a worldwide empire.

Almost two million lives were lost in seven months of non-stop fighting.

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