The purpose of this battle analysis is to understand how intelligence plays a key role in
military operations using the Battle of Stalingrad as the focus of study. First point to consider is
Hitler failed to heed the intelligence given to him by General Friedrich Paulus which resulted in
the surrender of the German sixth army. A second point is that the Soviets maintained a very
effective military deception campaign that allowed for a build-up of forces unknown to the
Germans. Finally, the third point is if General Paulus was able to maintain air superiority and
strengthen intelligence capabilities, the sixth army could have helped reinforce the eastern front.
An analysis of the Battle of Stalingrad reveals that...
Hitler continued to require the sixth army to hold position and wait
for relief, but soon failed and the sixth army surrendered to the Soviets, signifying the end of the
Battle of Stalingrad.
Significance of the Battle of Stalingrad
Hitler knew that success on the eastern front against the Soviets was critical for Germany
to further advance their agenda on the western front against the Allies. The Battle of Stalingrad
was a major morale killer for the German war machine and also used up a huge amount of their
resources such as fuel (Fowler, 2005). This was the first major defeat the Germans experienced
and strengthened the resolve of the Soviets in retaking their previously lost territory. Germany
had essentially lost the eastern front of the war to the Soviets who would now advance towards
Berlin and assist the allies in defeating Germany during the Second World War.
Alternate Outcome Introduction
When deploying the correct intelligence assets at the right place and the right time, there
can be no denying the effect on the tide of battle this can have. Germany and the Soviets both
had access to many intelligence capabilities to help turn the tide of the Battle of Stalingrad....
At this point the eastern front is at risk for the the Soviets and the
Germans have a renewed energy for the western front, possibly lengthening the second world
war or ultimately winning.
In conclusion, an analysis of the Battle of Stalingrad shows that military intelligence
plays a key role in how the Germans and Soviets determined the outcome of battle. Hitler was
known not to listen to his Generals unless there was information strong enough to prove him
otherwise. The Soviets had a very effective military deception campaign that kept the Germans
from discovering their build-up of strength and capabilities, but when this campaign is altered
and not as effective, it gives the Germans an upper hand. The German sixth army was unaware
of the magnitude of the Soviet counteroffensive and held their position within Stalingrad. This
changes if German intelligence collection is successful through effective air and land
reconnaissance and communications interception. The first great defeat of the German war
machine happened at Stalingrad, but if intelligence was changed, could have been the first great
success on the eastern front and changed the tide of...
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