War of the Rats by David L. Robbins

By David L. Robbins

For 6 months in 1942, Stalingrad is the guts of a large fight among the Russian and German armies—the bloodiest crusade in mankind's lengthy historical past of war. the result is pivotal. If Hitler's forces aren't stopped, Russia will fall. And with it, the world....

German squaddies name the conflict Rattenkrieg, War of the Rats. The strive against is bad, as infantrymen die within the smoking cellars and ditchs of a ruined urban. via this twisted carnage stalk men—one Russian, one German—each the head sniper in his respective military. those marksmen are both matched in either ability and tenacity. each one guy has his personal project: to discover his counterpart—and kill him.

But an American girl trapped in Russia complicates this remarkable duel. becoming a member of the Russian sniper's cadre, she quickly turns into one among his such a lot proficient assassins—and possibly his maximum weak point. according to a real tale, this is often the harrowing story of 2 adversaries enmeshed of their personal inner most war—and whose fortunes can help come to a decision the destiny of the area.

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I don’t think the Russians would, either. ” Nikki looked at the grimy faces leaning into the officer’s words. “No,” Mercker said, “I’m not ready to turn this into a slaughterhouse. We’ll wait them out. See who gets scared first. ” Nikki moved to the center of the room and sat. He watched two men lift the martyred soldier out of his smoldering blood and carry him to a window. It was Private Kronnenberg. A boy his own age, nineteen or twenty. They’d spoken only a few times. Kronnenberg was new, just called up.

Wolves and other animals in the taiga mate for life. ” Batyuk opened his hands. “Ah, yes, of course. In Siberia. ” He turned more pages in the journal. “And this one? ” Batyuk held the book closer to his eyes. ” Again Zaitsev explained to his colonel. He’d picked up this ploy from a German sniper who’d feasted on Russian wounded during their evacuation through a ravine near Mamayev Kurgan. Zaitsev had crawled to a position high above the ravine. He lay behind cover for hours, watching with his artillery periscope.

Next came the rumble of infantry and artillery. When weaknesses were found, the German infantry knifed through to fan out into the rear, cutting communications and surprising supply stations. By the third morning, the Polish army had fallen into disarray. Isolated units fought hard to beat off frontal attacks in Thorvald’s sector outside Krakow. Finally his assignment came from Command: his eight-man sniper squad was to creep up during lulls in the fighting and shoot into the Polish trenches and strongholds.

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