Hey all, Total amateur here. No history degree, just read a few books on the Second World War over the past three months and have found myself increasingly interested in the period, especially the lesser known battles and fronts that I've not seen (poorly represented I'm sure!) Many times before. I'm currently reading about the Fall Blau invasion and attempt to capture Stalingrad, but the history books I've read (primary source for me right now is Beevor - The Second World War) describe the what's but not the why. I'm guessing many of the target audience perhaps have a better grasp of war logistics than I do! (Which is almost none). My question is, there seemed to be a big push by the Germans to capture Vorenezh. I'm trying to understand the logic behind certain decisions - for example was this because it had a railroute through it which connects to Stalingrad, and (I'm guessing) to Moscow? Every battle fought seems to have some strategic significance that eludes me other than "it is between us and the big target (Moscow, Stalingrad for example). Though perhaps this is the only reason needed? I hope my question makes some sense.. Many thanks!