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1942: Beginning of the Battle of Stalingrad

1942: Beginning of the Battle of Stalingrad
Photo Credit To Wikipedia Commons/ Tanker with binoculars and headphones in the tower of a tank (Bundesarchiv, Bild 101I-218-0510-22 / Thiede / CC-BY-SA)

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  • Historical event:
  • 23 August 1942
  • The German Air Fleet 4 (Luftflotte 4) attacked the city on this day in 1942.

The Battle of Stalingrad has been known as one of the most important battles during World War II.

The battle began when the German 6th Army came close to Stalingrad, the large industrial city on the Volga River.

The commander of the 6th Army was Friedrich Paulus, who held the rank of general. He was later promoted to the rank of field marshal.

The German Air Fleet 4 (Luftflotte 4), commanded by Wolfram von Richthofen, attacked the city on this day in 1942.

At the time, the fleet was allegedly the strongest in the world. Due to the massive bombardment, a firestorm destroyed much of the populated areas of the city. That was only the beginning of the Battle of Stalingrad.

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