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Tango0111 May 2018 4:24 p.m. PST

"The Panzer-Abteilung 129, a tank battalion serving with the German 6th Army, fought its way into the Soviet city of Stalingrad in late 1942 only to find itself pinned down during winter. A a million-man Red Army counter offensive, attacking in two giant pincers, surrounded the Germans that November.

Trapped, the battalion's soldiers sheltered wherever they could in a village to find warmth and whatever meager protection the homes provided from regular Soviet air attacks.

The last days of the battalion were brutal and unimaginably miserable, as recounted in the first volume of historian Jason Mark's highly-regarded series Panzerkrieg: German Armored Operations at Stalingrad which traces the day-by-day history of 6th Army tank battalions using extensive primary sources from those who witnessed the battle…"
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