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Possessing The Gates Of The Enemy Pdf is a narrative full of eye witness accounts that makes the battle of Stalingrad come to life. You will not be able to put it down. I promise you that this book will haunt you through the rest of your days. It is nothing like the bad Hollywood movie of the same name. Enjoy!

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A New York Times bestseller that brings to life one of the bloodiest battles of World War II—and the beginning of the end of the Third Reich.

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I am haunted by the contents of this Possessing The Gates Of The Enemy Pdf. First, I read it on my kindle. I liked it so well that I ordered the audio version. I listened to the audio version two or three more times. As I read about 6th Army advancing toward Stalingrad I could see the dust of the panzers rising on the steppes. I could feel the hubris of the German conquerors and the panic of the Russian troops. At times, I felt like I was reincarnated and actually at the battle. I could almost feel the hunger pangs, bite of the cold, and smell of the bandages. I was left with vivid mental images of the desperation of men engaged in hand-to-hand and house-to-house street fighting in the frigid cold. Panzers could not elevate their guns low enough to fire at targets so close. Troops would be intermingled. Germans in the basement of a building were fighting Soviets on the first floor of the same building for days on end. I could feel the panic on the back of my neck as the author described the German ambulatory wounded fighting each other to board what could be the last flight out of the shrinking pocket around Stalingrad. Finally, I could feel the fear as the would-be conquerors surrendered and were marched off into captivity. Nearly all were never to be heard from again.

The Russians saw the dust cloud of the advancing 6th Army and deserted by the droves rather than stand and fight the Wehrmacht. The Soviets addressed this crisis with the tried and true number one tool that Communism uses to motivate troops: A bullet to the back of the head. A commander of a Soviet Division executed every tenth man until his revolver was empty in an attempt to motivate the loyal soldiers that hadn’t deserted from his division. The NKVD routinely executed men in the rear echelon if they didn’t have the proper pass or if they somehow became separated from their units. They didn’t ask questions. Lose your way lose your pass and “kablam” to the back of your head! Isn’t socialism wonderful!!! Many Russians being ferried across the Volga to fight the Germans attempted to escape by diving into the river. They were shot in the back by the NKVD. It is estimated that 14,000 Russian Military personal were executed by fellow Russians during the battle of Stalingrad. That exceeds the Union and Confederate combined total casualties at the battle of Shiloh! This was desperation on an epic scale that the world had never seen before!

Before long it would be the powers of the Axis that would suffer. Hitler makes many mistakes and there are consequences. In a move that defies all axioms of military science, Hitler orders 6th Army to halt and break contact with the fleeing Soviets so that 4th Panzer Army could cross its front in order to join Army Group A that was attempting to capture the oil fields in the Caucuses. This delayed the pursuit of the crumbling Soviets for a week and diluted the forces attacking Stalingrad. The author points out that Hitler’s imbecilic order would allow the Soviets to escape destruction, regroup, and live to fight another day. The Soviets were off the hook. Hitler later countermanded this disastrous order and redirected 4th Panzer Army to attack northeast towards Stalingrad but stripped it of key Panzer divisions. Later there would be a second German opportunity lost. This time it would be Paulus who would blunder. Paulus delayed and failed to link up with Papa Hoth’s 4th Panzer Army outside the city. The Germans could have destroyed two Soviet Armies on the open steppes just outside of Stalingrad. Instead, those armies were allowed to escape to the city and dig in. This set the stage for a house-to-house slug-fest that negated any tactical advantage that the Wehrmacht and blitzkrieg previously enjoyed.

The tide had turned. With 6th Army bogged down in street fighting in the city, Stalin was able to launch the great Soviet counter attack against German flanks guarded by comparatively weaker Italian, Romanian, and Hungarian troops. 6th Army would find itself encircled. The German men in the ranks didn’t panic. They had been cut off before. It was one of the realities of Blitzkrieg. Sometimes you advanced so fast and gained so much ground that you found yourself cut off in enemy territory. Stalingrad wasn’t the first time the Army had been cut off. At the time they could have easily broke out and retreated in good tactical order but Hitler wouldn’t allow it (this was the 3rd major blunder of the campaign). Goring promised to sustain Stalingrad by air. Only Goering and Hitler believed that the Luftwaffe could do it. No one else in an axis uniform believed this to be true. Von Manstein and Army Group Don tried to relieve 6th Army but they bogged down within 20 miles of Stalingrad. Von Manstein tried to persuade Paulus to disregard Hitler’s orders and break out towards the corridor provided by Army Group Don but Paulus refused. By the time Hitler’s chief of staff was able to convince Hitler to allow a withdrawal of 6th Army it was too late. 6th Army lacked the fuel and the Soviets were well entrenched in their rear. Hitler looked at his Chief of staff and threw his arms up in the air and said something like “what do you want me to do.” The gig was up for the paper-hanging, Austrian Corporal. There would be no more victory jigs for this guy. The battle was lost and so was the war.

Off into captivity marched the remainder of 6th Army. The Russians officially said that the Wehrmacht wasn’t sufficiently vaccinated against typhus to account for the high death toll. That may be true but the Germans would find out that the gulag – the cornerstone of Soviet Communism – is almost as efficient a killing machine as the German concentration camps. The Italians told stories of brutal treatment and resorting to cannibalism to survive. Only a handful would survive the systematic starving of the gulags and ever see home again.

On August 5, 1942, giant pillars of dust rose over the Russian steppe, marking the advance of the 6th Army, an elite German combat unit dispatched by Hitler to capture the industrial city of Stalingrad and press on to the oil fields of Azerbaijan. The Germans were supremely confident; in three years, they had not suffered a single defeat.The Luftwaffe had already bombed the city into ruins. German soldiers hoped to complete their mission and be home in time for Christmas.

The siege of Stalingrad lasted five months, one week, and three days. Nearly two million men and women died, and the 6th Army was completely destroyed. Considered by many historians to be the turning point of World War II in Europe, the Soviet Army’s victory foreshadowed Hitler’s downfall and the rise of a communist superpower.

Bestselling author William Craig spent five years researching this epic clash of military titans, traveling to three continents in order to review documents and interview hundreds of survivors. Enemy at the Gates is the enthralling result: the definitive account of one of the most important battles in world history. It became a New York Times bestseller and was also the inspiration for the 2001 film of the same name, starring Joseph Fiennes and Jude Law.

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Summary: Hezekiah was outnumbered by the enemy, the Assyrian army. What do you do when you are overwhelmed by the enemy? Pray!

THE ENEMY AT THE GATES

There is a story told of an American on a walking trip through Central Europe. In a blinding rainstorm he seeks shelter in an old castle. It is inhabited by a brotherhood of monks who hesitate but eventually take him in.

That night the American discovers a cell with a man locked inside. An ancient wooden staff bolts the door. The prisoner claims he’s being held captive by the 'insane' head monk, Brother Jerome. He pleads for the American to release him.

With his kind face and gentle voice the prisoner wins him over. But as the American confronts Brother Jerome about this prisoner the monk reveals that the prisoner is none other than Satan, the “father of lies.” It is only the Staff of Truth that keeps him locked in, the one barrier he can’t cross.

Surely Jerome is insane and when he gets the chance, the American releases the prisoner - who immediately transforms into a hideous, horned demon and vanishes in a puff of smoke!

The stunned American is horrified at the realization of what he has done. Jerome responds sympathetically. 'I’m sorry for you, my son. All your life you will remember this night and whom you have turned loose upon the world.'

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'I didn’t believe you,' the American replies. 'I saw him and didn’t recognize him'—to which Jerome solemnly observes, 'That is man’s weakness…and Satan’s strength.' (Twilight Zone, “the Howling Man” circa 1960).

There is an enemy at the gates of our community. We are surrounded by forces that want to destroy our homes, our families, our marriages, our businesses and our very lives. When you recognize it you see a dark and insidious monster lurking at the door. If you don’t recognize his evil presence he appears as logic, human wisdom or “the right thing to do.” His influence seems innocent enough and we play right into his hands.

This is real folks. I have seen his work in recent weeks right here in our midst. His work is a painful reality among us and we have not even put up a fight. The Father of Lies has spun a convincing web and we have believed it.

As we study this story today in Isaiah 36-37 we will learn about the enemy at the gates, his method and how we can resist his methods.

1. When the enemy speaks…

We have jumped from chapter 11 to chapter 36 and many years have passed between these prophecies. Some say 40 years. This is the pivotal story in Isaiah, a bridge between the two halves. Here we see what Isaiah’s message is in story form: a message of trust and where trust should be placed.

As we join this story we notice that Israel, the Northern Kingdom no longer exists, all of Judah’s forts have been captured and Jerusalem stands like an island in the midst of Assyrian forces. They are surrounded and besieged. Then the king of Assyria’s general comes to speak at the gates of the city. He has a proposal to make. Notice three things about his message:

a) Sins come back to haunt us – Where does the general speak to the people of Jerusalem? Remember back in ch. 7 when Isaiah met king Ahaz and implored him not to make a rash decision? Isaiah met Ahaz at the Upper Pool on the road to the Washerman’s Field. Israel and Aram wanted to attack Judah and depose Ahaz. Isaiah said to stay calm and trust God. Instead Ahaz called on the Assyrians to come and help him fight Israel.

Now all these years later that decision has come back to haunt him. Ahaz is dead but his son Hezekiah must deal with the consequences of that horrible decision. The Assyrian general stands at the exact spot where that decision was made, a reminder of Judah’s failure to trust God.

Our sins have a way of coming back to haunt us. Even when they have been dealt with, the memory of them, the consequences, can return to create a defeatism within us. Imagine the regret that the people of Jerusalem must have felt. Isaiah also would not let them forget this poor decision.

b) Breaking down your defenses – When the Assyrian general speaks he uses psychological tactics to convince Jerusalem that resistance is useless. To break their confidence the general points out 4 weaknesses in their strategy:

1 – (v. 6) They can’t rely on Egypt to save them. Apparently Jerusalem had hoped Egypt would ally with them but Egypt was weak and in no position to even help themselves.

2 – (v. 7) They can’t depend on Yahweh, he says, because they have removed all the places of worship and insulted God.

3 – (v. 8) Then he mocks them knowing that they can’t find enough skilled riders to sit a horse. They would fall off while trying to throw a spear or swing a sword.

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