Explore historic battles and military events that had a lasting impact on the people and cultures of the world. Important sieges of the ancient and modern world are included, and their impact on subsequent regional or world history is discussed. The series reflects an international approach, including sieges from North America, Russia, and the Near and Far East. The German siege of Stalingrad, Russia, marked a turning point in World War II. After a five-month struggle, the Germans had to surrender. After the siege, Stalingrad was a city of ruins with virtually its entire population living as refugees or dead.