Stalingrad: A Long and Bloody Battle
The Soviet defence of Stalingrad was the longest and bloodiest battle of World War II. The German army almost captured the city in November of 1942 after fierce house-to-house fighting. However, a pincer movement by Soviet tanks and mechanised units soon encircled the invaders. Despite efforts by the Nazi regime to supply their surrounded troops by air, the German forces had to surrender at the end of January 1943.