The heavy casualties, the constant retreat, the shortage of food and munitions, the difficulty of receiving reinforcements... all this had a very bad effect on morale. Many longed to get across the Volga, to escape the hell of Stalingrad.
Quoted in "Ivan's War: Life and Death in the Red Army" - Page 174 - by Catherine Merridale - History - 2007
He ordered us to stand fast and save Stalingrad. So we knew then that it was 'do or die.' We could not retreat.Vasily Chuikov
Every German soldier must be made to feel that he is living under the muzzle of a Russian gun.Vasily Chuikov
There are those who propose that both sides remove all their forces from Germany. That's a silly idea. The Germans hate us; we couldn't think of removing our forces from Germany.Vasily Chuikov
I would not have believed such an inferno could open up on earth. Men died but they did not retreat.Vasily Chuikov
The battle of Kursk... the forcing of the Dnieper... and the liberation of Kiev, left Hitlerite Germany facing catastrophe.Vasily Chuikov