A German sniper (scharfschütze) from 6. Armee takes aim with a Karabiner 98k rifle with mounted Soviet Mosin Nagant PE scope on the outskirts of of Stalingrad (now Volgograd), September 1942. The five month long battle would be one of the bloodiest battle in the history of warfare. According to archival figures, the Soviets suffered 1,129,619 total casualties; 478,741 personnel killed or missing, and 650,878 wounded or sick. The Axis suffered 850,000 total casualties (wounded, killed, captured) among all branches of the German armed forces and its allies; 400,000 Germans, 200,000 Romanians, 130,000 Italians, and 120,000 Hungarians and smaller numbers of Croatian, Slovak, French, Spanish and others were killed, wounded or captured.