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Stopped at Stalingrad: The Luftwaffe and Hitler's Defeat in the East, 1942-1943 (Modern War Studies) Hardcover – April, 1998
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"By uncovering new sources and incorporating previously ignored documentary evidence into a new synthesis, Joel Hayward has made a real contribution to the historiography of the battle of Stalingrad."
-- Larry L. Ping, German Studies Review
"Hayward, in a magnificently researched study, provides us with what is probably the best look at how the Luftwaffe operated in the context of the 1942-1943 Stalingrad campaign. ... He also provides the best available account of the disastrous Stalingrad airlift."
-- Richard Muller, in C. Messenger, ed, Reader's Guide to Military History
"This is a superb piece of work. It is an absolute must for anyone with an interest in the war on the eastern front, and on the Stalingrad campaign in particular. ... The book is splendidly researched and well written."
-- Professor Richard L. DiNardo
New York Military Affairs Symposium Newsletter
"... an original and formidably researched study ... Stopped at Stalingrad is an absolutely indispensable work not only for its revelations about Stalingrad, but equally for a more complete understanding of the nature of Soviet-German operations in a critical year."
-- Professor John Erickson, RUSI Journal
"This is excellent account ... Hayward has used a remarkably wide range of sources, which he handles with exceptional deftness and critical detachment. He writes clearly and interestingly. ...This is a model of its kind, which ought to set an agenda for the reconstruction of the air narrative" - Professor Richard Overy, War in History
"Hayward makes a convincing case for the centrality of air power for German military operations in 1942."
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"A comprehensive view of one of the most important air campaigns of World War II and an insightful study of the Luftwaffe's leaders and its way of war. A 'must read' for anyone interested in the airpower history of World War II."--James S. Corum, author of The Luftwaffe: Creating the Operational Air War, 1918-1940
"An outstanding and long-overdue campaign history that puts a human face on the military decision-making process."--Richard Muller, author of The German Air War in Russia
"A major contribution to the history of the Russo-German War."--Dennis Showalter, author of Tannenberg: Clash of Empires
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What would have been a good additional chapter would have been a comparison of the Stalingrad airlift with Demyansk airlift, Kuban airlift and Berlin airlift. Also some charts showing the tons carried, total planes, operational planes, plane losses per week would have been informative. Nevertheless, this book is a 5 star.
Hayward utilizes and quotes extensively from the diaries and personal papers of key airman and military leaders. He is also not afraid to critique other works and correct false history. A good portion of the book covers the lead-up to the fight for Stalingrad. The numbers of materials and planes destroyed throughout the campaign was staggering and the Russians contempt for its own people was appalling. It was remarkable Russia held them off. But even with poor Russian leadership, it was the over extension by Hitler, the severe Russian winters, and the sheer numbers of tanks and men that would eventually lead to Germany's destruction----it was economics over military objectives. The study concludes with a critique, a summary, and an aftermath.
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The Luftwaffe, on the Eastern Front, was not a spent force in 1942-43 and still a very effective force, this discerning work which is well-grounded research illustrates...Read more