The Battle of Stalingrad saw over two million soldiers fighting for two hundred days in the most nightmarish conditions imaginable - and the life expectancy of a Soviet soldier was just 24 hours. However, it proved to be the turning point of the war. The myth of the invincible Wehrmacht was shattered forever. It changed the course of World War II - and the whole 20th Century. But until now, the true story of the Battle of Stalingrad has remained shrouded in mystery. Germany s invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941 was the largest troop offensive in military history. Many experts now believe it was the battle of Stalingrad - not Normandy that decided the whole war. But until now, our understanding of this crucial battle has been based on German materials and on Stalin s own censored version of the battle. It is only since the collapse of the Soviet Union that it has been possible to dig into Russian archives and uncover the truth... BONUS FILM Battle For Stalingrad In 1949, the Soviet Union decided to celebrate their auspicious victory at Stalingrad by making a full-length feature film of the battle. Thousands of men from the Red Army re-enacted the battle before the cameras, helping to create one of the largest and most spectacular war movies of all time. Battle For Stalingrad has been seen only rarely in the West and is being made available on DVD for the very first time in this important new DVD release.
Release Date: 10 January 2011
Certificate: E - Exempt from Certification