General von Kleist 1st Panzer Army reached Maikop and Army Group B left flank was vulnerable from attack from the Voronezh area, The German VI Army was diverted towards Stalingrad in order to protect the extended German flank . This in essence is what brought about the Battle of Stalingrad . Hitler lost sight of the reason for the battle and became obsessed over the city . Stalingrad had become an obsession its occupation overriding all military sense. it was Hitler`s orders that prevailed over military expedience.
Add a comment
to see other 4 answers