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[[File: Stalingrad one.jpg|thumbnail|350px|left|Fighting at Stalingrad]]
The Battle of Stalingrad, between Germany and the Soviet Union, is considered not only the most important in World War II but one of the most important in
military history. The battle proved to be decisive for the Soviet Union and fundamentally changed altered the course of the war. Germany's defeat at Stalingrad not only lead to catastrophic German losses but put the German war machine was on the defensive for the rest of the war.
Why were the Germans defeated
at the Battle of Stalingrad and what lead to the Soviet victory? The German army was hobbled by Hitler's micromanaging and tactics, his intransigence, and poor German battlefield leadership. The Soviet's benefitted from superior Soviet leadership, numbers, and tactics.