Why was this particular battle considered to be so pivotal to the outcome of World War 2?
The Battle of Stalingrad is considered to be so pivotal to the outcome of World War 2 because until this battle, the Germans were undefeated. This battle showed the rest of the world that the Germans could be defeated and that they were not invincible. Germany's failed attack on Russia left Germany with a significant loss of soldiers and morale, so when Russia counterattacked Germany, Germany was vulnerable with reduced manpower to defend itself. They had no more significant victories in the East after this defeat because they never fully recovered. This stalled Germany's expansion and thus proved to be a major turning point in World War 2.