Chapter I - Wehrmacht: "Advance to Stalingrad!" (July 1942)

After the fiasco of the Kharkov advance, the loss of Sevastopol and the entire Crimea the Soviet forces of the Southern, Southern-western, and Voronezh fronts found themselves in a difficult position. Having gotten over their defeat at Moscow the Wehrmacht troops started a full-scale advance at the southern part of the Soviet-German front aiming to capture Stalingrad and the oil-rich areas of the Caucasus.

Chapter II - Wehrmacht: Second Assault (August, 1942)

Germans failed to seize Stalingrad after a single strike. Defense forces of the city, while outnumbered two to one, managed to hold Stalingrad. Germans changed their plans and moved 4th tank army under command of Gen.-Colonel von Goth to the outskirts of Stalingrad.

Chapter III - Wehrmacht: Approaching Stalingrad (August - September, 1942)

Reinforcing tank army commanded by Gen. Hoth was a positive solution. By the end of August, dozens of German tanks appeared in the vicinity of Stalingrad Tractor Plant, at 1-1.5 km distance. In the second half of August Whermacht forces made their way to the center of the city, reached Volga and took Mamaev Hill. However, they didn't accomplish their mission: taking the entire bank of the Volga river.

Chapter IV - Red Army: Defending of Stalingrad city (September 1942)

During September 1942, after fierce fights groups of german infantry battled their way to Volga, moving along river Tsaritsa. They managed to cut off Voroshilovsky region of the city and its defenders, 4th independent rifle brigade. However, Russians withstood assault and pulled enemy into dragged-out street battles. This was a beginning of the victory at the Stalingrad front.

Chapter V - Red Army: Operation "Uranus" (November 1942)

While Soviet forces contained enemy in heavy battles by means of 62nd and 64th Armies, fresh forces were concentrating on the right bank of the Volga river, reinforced by reserves from the General Headquarters of the Red Army and from other fronts. Russians were constantly counter-attacking Wehrmacht forces, trying to tire out the enemy in bloody street battles. Since the beginning of November, Germans started to act in small groups, as they were out of personnel to conduct larger operations.

Chapter VI - Red Army: Operation "Winter Thunder-Storm" (December 1942)

To de-block encircled divisions of the 6th Army under command of Gen. Paulus, German HQ formed new Group of Armies Hoth, right between Group of Armies A and B. Defeated and retreating 3rd Romanian Army was ordered to stop at river Chir. Germans managed to organize formidable defense by means of "battle groups" (formed by combat service support soldiers, later replaced by 17th Army Corps.), who stopped between the estuary of river Chir and settlement Veshenskaya

Chapter VII - Red Army: Operation "Ring" (January 1943)

Forces of the 51st army managed to inflict heavy damages to the enemy, stop it at the river Myshkovka and prevent it from linking up with encircled forces near Stalingrad. At the same time, Soviet HQ commenced massive attack against 8th Italian Army to the North-West of Stalingrad. Since all German and Italian forces at the middle stream of Don were defeated, all arriving German forces were assigned to the Group of Armies B, while 11th Tank Army, moving in the direction of settlement Kotelnikovo, returned to positions near river Chir...