On This Day…

World War II – Battle of Stalingrad….

February 2, 1943…..

German troops surrender to Russia after a five-month battle, marking the end of Adolf Hitler‘s campaign in Russia. It was one of the bloodiest battles in history, with combined military and civilian casualties of nearly 2 million. The Russians managed to blockade the city, trapping nearly 300,000 German and Axis troops in the city. Without access to supplies, the Axis troops slowly starved during the Russian winter. The German loss at Stalingrad was the first loss that Hitler publicly acknowledged and marked a turning point in the war.