"The Battle of Stalingrad was not only the psychological turning point of World War II: it also changed the face of modern warfare. ... In August 1942, Hitler's huge Sixth Army reached the city that bore Stalin's name. In the five-month siege that followed, the Russians fought to hold Stalingrad at any cost: then, in an amazing reversal, encircled and trapped their Nazi enemy. This battle for the ruins of a city cost more than a million lives."--Back cover.