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Struggles in the Snow II

  • 20 Players
  • Groups (20 → 4) then Single Elimination
  • Conquer Club
  • January 6, 2021 at 1:00 AM EST

Battles in the snow are legendary as some of the most brutal struggles in the snow that men have ever lived through. The names alone evoke a shiver: La Rothiere, Battle of the Ancre, Borodino, Bogesund, Raate Road, Stalingrad, Leningrad, Weihaiwei, Chosin Reservoir, Bentonville, Barents Sea, Valley Forge, Mount Marmolada, Kutna Hora. All of them were horrible in their own way. Often the death toll from hypothermia and starvation was higher than the death toll from the enemy. At Borodino, the cavalry had to eat their own horses. At Chosin Reservoir, it was said that you do not stop marching, ever, because if you stop your boots will freeze to the ice and you will be trapped, a statue until the spring. At Leningrad, there were a million military casualties but also nearly a million civilians killed or wounded. In terms of sheer numbers, Stalingrad is the big one: more than a million soldiers died, another half a million went into captivity, another million were wounded or sick, the city was reduced to rubble and all its pre-war citizens left homeless. This, the greatest of all the struggles in the snow, is the centrepiece of this tournament.

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