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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)

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

Street combat, October 1942
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Street combat, October 1942

A downed German fighter lies amid the ruins of Stalingrad. Huge air battles were waged over the city during the course of the siege.
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A downed German fighter lies amid the ruins of Stalingrad. Huge air battles were waged over the city during the course of the siege.

The brutal battle conditions were exacerbated by the harsh Russian winter.
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The brutal battle conditions were exacerbated by the harsh Russian winter.

With supplies running out, most Germans were in an exhausted and emaciated condition by the time the fighting ended.
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With supplies running out, most Germans were in an exhausted and emaciated condition by the time the fighting ended.

Columns of Nazi German Wehrmacht soldiers pass through the streets of Stalingrad on February 1, 1943.
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Columns of Nazi German Wehrmacht soldiers pass through the streets of Stalingrad on February 1, 1943.

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