Marion Turner

Speaker: Iain MacGregor

Topic: The Battle of Stalingrad

Venue: Ondaatje Lecture Theatre, Radcliffe Centre

Time: 12:00-13:00 Friday 15 September

Talk Summary:

The Battle of Stalingrad was one of the most horiffic and arguably the most decisive battle of the Second World War, as the Red Army turned the tide in its titanic struggle following Hitler’s invasion of the Soviet Union. Iain MacGregor reveals the previously unheard voices of those who fought – and died – in the fierce fighting of eighty years ago, and explains why the battle has historic links to what is happening today in Putin’s Russia and his obsession with Ukraine.

Iain MacGregor has been an editor and publisher of non-fiction for thirty years . He is himself the author of the acclaimed oral history of Cold War Berlin, Checkpoint Charlie, and his writing has appeared in the Guardian, the Spectator and BBC History magazine.