, which is probably the best war narrative to come out of any army after theSecond World War.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction Cast of Characters Prologue PART I The Road to Hell PART II The Retreat Begins PART III Handwriting on the Wall: The First Russian Offensive PART IV The Russians are Finished: Hitler's Big Plans PART V Into the Breach . . . PART VI "You Will Capture Stalingrad by August 25 . . . " PART VII The Destruction of a City PART VIII The Fight for the Factories PART IX General Paulus's Last Offensive PART X The Trap PART XI The Crisis: December 1-15 PART XII Manstein's Drive PART XIII Starvation PART XIV The Fall of Stalingrad Epilogue Bibliography Notes and Acknowledgments Source Materials
The American writer Edwin P. Hoyt, who wrote this excellent book, lives and worksin Japan. God only knows why Russian history is better seen by an American scholarfrom the Land of the Rising Sun than from America; maybe because Stalingrad iscloser to Tokyo than to Washington.Whatever the reason, the manuscript lost nothing by being produced on Japanese turf and imported to the U.S.A. Unlike good wine, good manuscripts are not spoiled bytraveling across the sea.What's more, this kind of import will be dearly welcomed in America. And not onlyin America, it seems to me. Because the book is a serious research project, of such alarge caliber and long range that military terms are justified here, it will undoubtedlybecome a formidable contribution to the continuing, fifty-year-old battle waged bymilitary historians for the true role and place of Stalingrad in World War II.Alas, Stalingrad is even today an area of misunderstanding, cold war prejudices,stereotypes ("General Winter" defeated the Nazis, to name one), and plain ignorance.That's why Edwin Hoyt's honest book is so important.