Break In

The Battle of Stalingrad

By Sally Graham May 16, 2019

Click here to download the lesson plan.

One of our aims at The Cove #BreakIn is to provide unit and sub unit leaders with some assistance in delivering their Professional Military Education (PME) programs. We know that units are extremely busy balancing a high operational tempo, corporate governance demands, and some occasional, well-deserved downtime. We also know that many people would love to dedicate more time to training and education pursuits, but it takes a lot of effort to prepare sessions when you have a million other priorities to attend to on your never ending 'to do' list.

There are units and individuals across Army that have volunteered a number of their basic lesson plans to The Cove to assist others. By providing these, we aim to reduce the overall preparation time needed for running unit PME sessions - so ideally, you can review the plan quickly, arrange resources if necessary, and then deliver (or delegate the lesson to a subordinate to deliver as a development opportunity) the lesson in a reduced time frame than if you were coming up with all the ideas from scratch by yourself. They are designed to generate discussion and debate within your sub-units or messes, not provide a set of 'answers'.

This lesson plan comes courtesy of Sally Graham who has generously shared several lessons she developed for her team. The lesson is based on the Battle of Stalingrad, one of the most decisive battles of WWII.

Unfortunately, due to copyright restrictions, The Cove is unable to directly give you copies of additional references (not essential for this lesson, but you may wish to access them for your own learning). So it may require a little lead time to seek out the additional references.  Additional  resources are available from the Defence Library Service, so you can send them an email (email: askalibrarian [at] and they will arrange to send you material that you can use for your session.

If you have unit-based PME lessons that you think will benefit others and you would like to share them on The Cove, please contact us at soldiercove [at]



Sally Graham

Sally Graham is a Major in the Royal Australian Corps of Transport. She has sixteen years worth of experience serving in a variety of different corps and non-corps postings throughout her career.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Australian Army, the Department of Defence or the Australian Government.


Beevor is not the best text to understand this battle as it contains several errors.  Glantz and House's book "Stalingrad," is far superior, and even better is their three volume work on the battle.  To understand the Soviet mindset in the battle, Michael Jones' "Stalingrad, How the Red Army Triumphed," is an outstanding text.  To get into the Soviet culture, Vassily Grossman's "Stalingrad," novel is one of the greatest literary works of the 20th century.

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