Stalingrad was the most important battle of WWII!!!
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Importance of the Battle of Stalingrad:
-Saved Stalingrad (the second most important city in the USSR)
-Saved the valuable oil-fields at the Caucuses (Grozny, Baku, Maykop, etc) which provided some 95% of Soviet oil.
-Saved the British Empire (stopped Germany from breaking into the middle-east which was lightly defended from where they could reach India and Egypt)
-Germany suffered a staggering 850,000 casualties
-This was the largest defeat for Germany
-The entire coarse of the war in Europe changed (in other words this was the most important turning point of the war)
-The Germans were in retreat on a scale never seen before shortly following the end of the Battle of Stalingrad
-Ensured that Turkey would not join the axis
The Battle of Kursk was also important, however it did not effect the coarse of the war in the way Stalingrad did.
Importance of the Battle of Kursk:
-Destroyed large reserves of German armor including many Tiger tanks
-Germany suffered some 250,000 casualties
-Ended all hopes of a German victory.
As we all see, there are more reasons for the importance of Stalingrad than Kursk. One could argue that the battles of Britain and Moscow were more important. Even if the Germans had won at Kursk, they would most likely have still lost the war.
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Vote Placed by wrichcirw 3 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: ff. Actually I will give arguments as well, as I fully agree with CON's round #2.
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