The siege of September 13, 1942 to January 31, 1943 will inspire forever the hearts of all free people. Franklin D. Roosevelt An essential Second World War documentary from the Emmy AwardTM winning team behind the PBS Series Battlefield and Discovery Channel s Weapons of War The Battle of Stalingrad was a major and decisive battle of World War II in which Nazi Germany and its allies fought the Soviet Union for control of the city of Stalingrad. The battle took place between August, 1942 and February, 1943 and was marked by constant close-quarters combat and lack of regard for military and civilian casualties. It is among the bloodiest battles in the history of warfare, with estimates of combined casualties amounting to nearly two million. The heavy losses inflicted on Hitler s Wehrmacht made it a significant turning point in the war. After the Battle of Stalingrad,German forces never recovered their earlier strength, and attained no further strategic victories in the East. The documentary features rare Soviet and German archive film footage, as well as unique primary sources to create a comprehensive account of the Battle of Stalingrad.