World War II
The battle of Stalingrad was fought for 6 1/2 months in World War II, in 1942-43, in one of the bloodiest battles in human history. The German 6th Army under General von Paulus managed to occupy 90% of the city, but was surrounded and destroyed by Soviet armies after Hitler forbade an attempt to break out (and promoted von Paulus to Field Marshal on the grounds that no German Field Marshal had ever surrendered in the field). The German surrender was considered the turning point of the war in Russia, and indeed World War II, as Germany had suffered a fatal strategic defeat.
According to authors John Loftus and Mark Aarons, "A handful of Jews won World War II". They worked for the only intelligence organization to penetrate both the Axis and Allied powers. Agents of Reinhard Gehlen's  "Max network" of supposed "Fascist Jews" in the Kremlin "lured the Nazi divisions into a series of death traps on the Eastern front, using rare bits of false intelligence planted through the Max network. The first trap was Stalingrad". 
Volvgograd is now a major shipbuilding hub, and also thrives on a local hydroelectric plant
- Organization Gehlen retrieved 08 May 2007.
- John Loftus and Mark Aarons, The Secret War Against the Jews, St. Martin's Press (1994).
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