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70th Anniversary Of The Battle Of Stalingrad

The Battle of Stalingrad (August 23, 1942-February 2, 1943) was one of the most brutal and bloody battles of World War II. Germany's disastrously ill-fated attack on the Russian city is widely considered to have been a major turning point in the conflict, as its army suffered massive military losses and a huge psychological blow from which it never recovered. (19 PHOTOS)

A massive German aerial bombardment of Stalingrad at the start of the battle in August 1942 left much of the city in ruins.
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A massive German aerial bombardment of Stalingrad at the start of the battle in August 1942 left much of the city in ruins.

Stalingrad's main railway station in late 1942
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Stalingrad's main railway station in late 1942

Laying waste to Stalingrad ultimately failed to help the Germans take the city, however, as they soon got bogged down in morale-sapping street battles amid the ruined buildings.
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Laying waste to Stalingrad ultimately failed to help the Germans take the city, however, as they soon got bogged down in morale-sapping street battles amid the ruined buildings.

Street combat, October 1942
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Street combat, October 1942

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