Battle Belligerents: Nazi Germany, Romania, Italy, Hungary and the Soviet Union
Battle Winner: Soviet Union
Total Casualties: 2,100,000+
17 Battle of Stalingrad Facts for Kids
The Battle of Stalingrad was a military campaign on the Eastern Front during World War 2.
The Battle of Stalingrad was fought for the control of the city of Stalingrad in Southern Russia.
The Battle of Stalingrad was fought between the Soviet Union and the Axis powers (Nazi Germany, Romania, Italy, Hungary and Croatia).
The Battle of Stalingrad was fought between August 23rd, 1942 and February 2nd, 1943.
The Battle of Stalingrad was fought for 5 months, 1 week and 3 days.
The Battle of Stalingrad was won by the Soviet Union.
The Soviet Union’s victory during the Battle of Stalingrad pushed the Germans out of the Caucasus and resulted in the destruction of the German 6th Army.
The primary reason Adolf Hitler wanted to capture Stalingrad was the city bore the name of the leader of the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin. Additionally, if Nazi Germany captured Stalingrad, it would potentially help secure the northern and western flanks of the German armies heading to Baku.
The Soviet Union won the Battle of Stalingrad by refusing to surrender and forced anyone who could hold a rifle to fight. The major counter-offense by the Soviets took advantage of a weakness in the German flanks. This allowed the Soviet army to encircle the German 6th Army. Hitler refused to let the 6th Army to try and breakout, ultimately resulting in the death or capture of all German soldiers.
The Axis powers sustained between 647,000 and 868,000 casualties during the Battle of Stalingrad.
The Axis powers lost 900 aircraft, over 500 tanks and 6,000 artillery pieces during the Battle of Stalingrad.
The Soviet Union sustained over 1.1 million casualties during the Battle of Stalingrad.
The Soviet Union lost 2,769 aircraft, over 4,300 tanks and 15,728 guns during the Battle of Stalingrad.
The Battle of Stalingrad is one of the deadliest battles in the history of warfare with around 2 million casualties.
The bombing campaign carried out by the Luftwaffe reduced the city of Stalingrad to rubble.
The German army was able to capture and control most of Stalingrad by October 1942.
The Battle of Stalingrad is famous for the street-by-street fighting and all the close quarter combat.