Based on previously secret
documents and eyewitness testimony, this is the shocking account of the most
massive and deadliest battle of World War II, which ended in Hitler’s defeat
and changed the course of the war.
Andrew Nagorski, Newsweek’s
former Moscow bureau chief, reveals that 2.5 million of the battle’s 7 million
troops were killed, taken prisoner, or severely wounded. Stalin and Hitler
squandered the lives of their own soldiers by second-guessing their generals.
And, while Stalin’s army was barely armed, Hitler’s soldiers had no winter
clothing during the Russian winter.
Historically, this was the
first time the German blitzkrieg was halted in Europe, shattering Hitler’s dream of a
swift victory over the Soviet Union. And, although America was not yet in the
war, President Roosevelt realized the importance of supporting the Russian war
effort. This was the beginning of the Allied wartime alliance and Stalin’s push
for a postwar empire, which ended in the cold war.
Because Stalin suppressed
records of his near-fatal mistakes in this battle, its story has never been
fully told. Now, Nagorski has studied recently declassified documents from
Soviet archives and includes interviews with many survivors—including the son
of the man in charge of removing Lenin’s body from the besieged city—to provide
the fullest view yet of this key battle. Download and start listening now!