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Twentieth Century Battlefields

Season 1 Episode 3

1942 Stalingrad

Aired Saturday 9:00 PM Jun 18, 2007 on BBC Two
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1942 Stalingrad
One of the most epic battles of all time, the Battle of Stalingrad lasted over six months and inflicted over 1.5 million combined casualties.

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (2)

      • The following people appeared in this episode to either offer their expert opinions on this battle or in archive footage or photos:

        General Vasily Chuikov - Soviet Commander (archive photos)
        Adolf Hitler - German Chancellor (archive footage)
        General Erich von Manstein - German Commander (archive photo)
        General Friedrich Paulus - German Commander (archive footage)
        Joseph Stalin - Soviet General Secretary (archive photos)

      • Special thanks were given to the following people and/or groups for their assistance in producing this episode:

        -Nick Cornish
        -Svetlana Agaskeva
        -Dr. Geoffrey Roberts
        -The Office and Men of the British Army Support Weapons School


        -AKG-Images/Ullstein Bild
        -British Movietone
        -Footage Farm
        -Imperial War Museum
        -La Camera Stylo
        -Magyar Filmintezet
        -Russian State Archive for Film & Photography Documents
        -TRH Pictures

    • QUOTES (3)

      • Peter Snow: The outcome of the entire war hung on what happened here in 1942 in the Battle of Stalingrad.

      • Dan Snow: For five months, German and Soviet troops fought each other street by street, building by building and room by room.

      • Peter Snow: Over 60 years ago, a battle was fought in this great Russian city that would be the turning point in the Second World War. It was one of the longest and hardest fought battles of all time.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Against the advice of his generals, Hitler continued to move many of his troops and supplies to the eastern Ukraine for a summer offensive code named "Case Blue". His generals warned him that these men and supplies should be focused on capturing the oil fields in the Russian steppes instead.

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