Fotografies després de Stalingrad (1942-43)28 febrero 2010
The battle was among the bloodiest in the history of warfare, with the upper estimates of combined casualties coming to nearly two million. The battle involved more participants than any other, and was marked by brutality and disregard for military and civilian casualties. The German offensive to take Stalingrad, the battle inside the city and the Soviet counter-offensive—which eventually trapped and destroyed the German 6th Army and other Axis forces around the city—was the first substantial German land defeat of World War II. The battle was arguably the most important turning point in not only the Eastern Front, but the War itself, as it marked the beginning of the Soviet counter-offensive that greatly contributed to the surrender of Nazi Germany around two-and-a-half years later.