Throughout history Central Asia has been the scene of a contest that has been dubbed The Great Game. The original game was played by the British Empire and the Russian Empire. The Russians eventually gained control of Central Asia and this vast territory was an instrumental part of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union. During World War II, the Germans were determined to seize Central Asia. What were they after? O-I-L. To get to the Baku, Azerbaijan oil fields, the German war machine had to go through Stalingrad, Russia. Stalingrad is now called Volgograd. See if you can find these cities on the map.
At this point, to understand the Battle of Stalingrad, I would encourage you to scroll down to the next two posts. When you have completed that, I would suggest viewing the following presentation by Steve LeVine, who recently authored The Oil and the Glory. In his presentation, Mr. LeVine discusses the quest for Central Asia's oil in the past and continued quest for it today. For further research, view Steve LeVine's blog by clicking here.
“The immediate cause of the German defeat was the unheard folly of attacking the
was still undefeated and Britain
was manifestly getting ready to fight.
Mistakes of this magnitude can only be made, or at any rate they are
most likely to be made, in countries where public opinion has no power. So long as the common man can get a hearing,
such elementary rules as not fighting all your enemies simultaneously are less
likely to be violated.” - excerpt from a book I read America