|Stalingrad Urban Area|
|Date||November 19, 1942|
|Belligerents||Germany vs USSR|
The Battle of Stalingrad was a major battle of World War II in which Nazi Germany and its allies fought the Soviet Union for control of the city of Stalingrad (now Volgograd) in southwestern Russia. The battle took place between 23 August 1942 and 2 February 1943. It was the largest battle on the Eastern Front and was marked by brutality and disregard for military and civilian casualties. It is among the bloodiest battles in the history of warfare, with the higher estimates of combined casualties amounting to nearly two million. The heavy losses inflicted on the German army made it a turning point in the war. After the Battle of Stalingrad, German forces never recovered their earlier strength, and attained no further strategic victories in the East.  The German offensive to capture Stalingrad commenced in late summer 1942, and was supported by intensive Luftwaffe bombing which reduced much of the city to rubble. The German offensive eventually became mired in building-to-building fighting; and despite controlling over 90% of the city at times, the Wehrmacht was unable to dislodge the last Soviet defenders clinging tenaciously to the west bank of the Volga River. After the Germans capture the city, the Soviets stand on the southern bank of the river Volga. Now its time to attack the city and captured it! The Soviet Red Army under General Georgi Zhukov launches Operation Uranus, the great Soviet counteroffensive that turned the tide in the Battle of Stalingrad and the complete Second World War on the Eastern Front. With some artillery support and riverboats, the Soviets attacking the city over the Volga river. However, German the Luftwaffe and Wehrmacht make it not easy for the Soviets. Most of the riverboats are be sunk by Stuka's or artillery.