Background to the Stalingrad Pocket – Prelude to Uranus

From the WWII database site History site: http://ww2db.com/battle_spec.php?battle_id=3

Contributor: C. Peter Chen

The southern Russian city of Stalingrad was a major industrial city, producing tanks, among other equipment, for the Soviet war effort. In terms of location, the city sat on the flank of the route toward the oil fields in the Caucasus region, while it was also a major transportation center between northern Russia and the Caspian Sea. Finally, the mere fact that it bore the name of the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin gave more the reason for Adolf Hitler to conquer the city for morale reasons.
In the summer of 1942, German, Italian, Romanian, Hungarian, and Croatian forces, organized as the German Army Group South (B), which contained the 6th Army under Colonel General Friedrich Paulus and the 4th Panzer Army under Hermann Hoth, marched toward Stalingrad.

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Langobritae 78 B.C. Play thru gallery p2 [PvC]

REinserted fresh images:

 

As promised the rest of the images from the battle.

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Here the Light Infantry are set back too far in my opinion. Perhaps Sertorius should have waited on closing until they were more of a use.

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Patrol in the Paddies

Compared to the state of readiness, gear levels, and technology the war in Vietnam appears to be fought on very different terms. Note the limited gear, ammo load out, situational awareness and casual demeanor of all involved. Perhaps the difference between draftee and regular army? Or is it the sultry tropical weather? Perhaps morale is low.

What ever the reason we hope this boys made it back to base in one piece.

Stalingrad Pocket II

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Somethings you dont want to see too clearly?

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Preparing for battle around Stalingrad.

Men prepare for a fate that none can escape:

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Stalingrad detail:

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Rumanian 4th Corps stares down the legions of Mother Russia:

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Waterloo

Well of course at some point it had to happen.  The Battle of Waterloo was just a matter of time.

I am still looking for a good Waterloo/Napoleonic gaming system. I have limited experience with most of the systems out there today but continue to research.

So for now we rely upon the simple elegance of C&C Nappy to share what might have been.

I am particularly taken by the Mask Of Commands take on Wellingtonian era Command. As it was the last stage of Generalship that hovered at the line or near the line.

In any case all good things thing to write about and explore via our medium here.

The Battle of Waterloo: