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[[File: Stalingrad one.jpg|thumbnail|350px|Fighting at Stalingrad]]
This article will discuss the Battle of Stalingrad in WWII. This battle, between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, is rightly considered as one of the most important in World War II, if not in all of military history. The battle proved to be decisive and changed the fortunes of the war. Stalingrad led to catastrophic German losses and from then on the Nazi war machine was on the defensive. This article will examine the reasons for the Germans defeat at the Battle of Stalingrad and identify the factors in the Soviet victory. The work will argue that the German defeat at Stalingrad was a result of Hitler's tactics, his personal intransigence , poor German battlefield leadership and superior Soviet leadership, numbers, and tactics.