Stalingrad - Death of an Army
The book is part of the Battle Craft series published by Penn & Sword Military publishers. The book is divided into an Introduction followed by two main areas. The first chapter actually deals with the battle, while the second one deals with several models of equipment used during the battle. This latter part is full of color photos showing the kits. In addition, this latter part contains profiles of equipment and aircrafts used in the battle.
The introduction just gives us the reason of the Germans offensive toward Stalingrad. This is followed by naming the leaders of both sides and gives a small, concise biography of each commander involved in the conflict. The order of battle is provided in this section in which we can see the principal commanders and units that were involved in the conflict. This is followed by a summary of the prelude to "Case Blue. “The book is subdivided into what the author calls "Acts." In turn each act is divided into "scenes.", except for Act Three which stands by itself. This section ends with the capitulation of the Sixth Army, although several pockets continued the fighting until March, 1943.
The second part of the book titled "Quartermaster’s Section" is dedicated to the description of models of the equipment used in that particular battle. You will find equipment from both sides which, in some cases provides small profiles of the equipment. This section contains the majority of the color photos as the author describes the kits' detail and/or modifications. Among the kits described you will find: the Stug II AUsf "B" and "G"; the T-34; Junkers JU-87 "Stuka"; and the Yakovlev Yak-9K.
Although I found the book interesting and informative, I felt that the actual battle could have been described more. Yes, there are many books out there describing this battle from both sides, but still a little more information would have been welcomed. My feeling is the book was actually an introduction to the models described in the second part of the book. The part I enjoyed the most was the section dedicated to the Order of Battle and the short history of the commanders involved in the battle. If you want a concise history of this battle and a source of information for models of equipment involved in this battle, this book is a good source.
Thanks to Casemate Publishers and Penn and sword for the opportunity of reviewing the book.