For Want of the Means: A Logistical Appraisal of the Stalingrad Airlift

  title={For Want of the Means: A Logistical Appraisal of the Stalingrad Airlift},
  author={A. C. Bates},
  journal={The Journal of Slavic Military Studies},
  pages={298 - 318}
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  • Published 2 April 2016
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  • The Journal of Slavic Military Studies
ABSTRACT This article examines the failure of the Stalingrad airlift — the German Luftwaffe’s effort to supply the encircled 6th Army by air during the famous Second World War battle — from a logistical perspective. Drawing upon German reports on the operation, it argues that a critical factor in the outcome of the airlift was the Luftwaffe’s failure to provide its transport units with the tools they needed to maintain an adequate count of operational aircraft — tools that included airfield… 



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