The Stalingrad Campaign was fought for the control of Stalingrad between July 1942 and February 1943.After initial heavy bombing by the German forces,the fighting became bogged down in street-to-street and house-to-house fighting,and eventually the German armies were encircled and cut off inside the city, and forced to defeat by the Soviets. At several stages in the course of these events, decisions were made and actions were taken which harmed the German cause. It is possible that, had a different course, been adopted, the Germans would have succeeded at Stalingrad. By September 1942, when the fighting moved into the centre of the city, the German began moving large units of heavy artillery into the city itself. While the Germans came to control up to 90% of the city at some points in the conflict, they crucially never dislodged the Soviet forces from the west bank of the Volga river. It was from this bulkhead that, as the tide turned against the German armies, the Soviets were able to build up their forces and prepare for a counter-offensive. It is true that in mid-October, orders were given for the scaling up of the Luftwaffe bombardment of the Soviet west bank. However, they were unable to destroy the forces stationed there, and by November, German air forces had been depleted to such an extent that a systematic assault of the Soviet position there was impossible. Therefore, had the focus been moved to confronting the Russian forces across the Volga River sooner, when German forces
were stronger and Russian forces weaker, the battle may have had a different outcome.