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1. Arguably the largest, bloodiest, and most desperate battle of World War II. Occured in 1942-1943 when A Nazi German Army Group South, initially 500,000 men strong, had pushed south of Moscow into the Caucasus, fighting their way to the city of Stalingrad (former Tsaritsyn and modern-day Volgograd), where they were intercepted by the re-organized Soviet armies, about 1,000,000 men (and women) strong.

Both sides failed to claim a decisive victory; the German forces occupied 90% of the city at their peak, but never managed to completely eliminate resistance, while the Soviet armies kept sending reinforcements. Both sides indiscriminately air-bombed and howitzer-shelled the city; in fact, despite the freezing temperature of -30 centigrade, air within the city was hot from the constant gunpowder explosions. Eventually, the fighting degenerated into a bloody meatgrinding house-to-house warfare, dubbed by the Germans as rat-war.

The Soviet reserves eventually broke through the outer defences, and encircled the city, trapping the Germans in a pocket. The German commander, von Paulus, repeately argued before Hitler that a breakthrough retreat was vital to the German survival, but the madman Hitler prohibited retreat, which eventually caused the entire German army group to collapse.

At over a million casualties from each side, the battle of Stalingrad was perhaps the bloodiest battle of the war. It was especially devastating to the Germans, however, as they lost their best equipment, and unlike the Soviets, did not have the reserve manpower to replace the terrible losses. The battle of Stalingrad is considered the most important turning point on the Eastern front, and quite possibly the single most important battle of the war.
The movie "Enemy at the Gates", although way over-romanticized and hollywoodised, nevertheless manages to show a small glimpse of what fighting in Stalingrad was like.
by Elvarg October 3, 2005
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A programming language praised for its versatility and multiplatform support; however, also carrying ridiculous amounts of overhead, using a fuckton of system resources, and generally being a pain in the ass to program in.
Praising Java for fitting on many platforms is like praising anal sex for fitting both sexes.
by Elvarg April 14, 2006
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A fucking transitional adjective, so fucking often used in fucking modern English that it should become a fucking part of speech.
There you fucking go.
by Elvarg November 21, 2004
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A military captive of the United States with no freedoms, rights or privileges. The nomenclature derived from a series of controversial acts passed by the Bush Administration (in particularly the Patriot Act), under which such "enemy combatants" are neither accused criminals with Constitutional Rights, nor War Prisoners subject to Geneva Conventions.

See slave.
No, he does not have a right to a lawyer or a speedy trial. He does not have the right not be tortured either. He's an Enemy Combatant, not a POW or accused criminal.
by Elvarg November 21, 2004
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The Universal Symbol Of The Catch.

Used extensively in web advertising, promotions, and spam. Placing the symbol after a statement is a legally permissible way to lie.
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by Elvarg June 18, 2005
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A prostitute that targets motorists to offer her services, thus appearing as a hitchhiker. Especially common around gas stations used by long-haul truckers.
That hitchhooker tried to appear like a hitchhiker when whe saw a crown vic coming, but her whore outfit gave her away like nothing.
by Elvarg April 18, 2006
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A great symphonic metal band, alas doomed to falure after Tarja Turunen's quittal.

Don't get me wrong, the other players are really good musicians, and had it been any other band (especially with a male singer) they could have lived on with a replacement, but Tarja, in large part due to her being a quite good looking female and having a quite unique voice in the metal arena, was literaly the face and signature of Nightwish, carrying Nightwish's public profile higher than everyone else put together. Without her, the others are a bunch of great musicians, but they are not Nightwish anymore.
Q: What do you get when you separate Nightwish and Tarja?
A: Tarja.
by Elvarg June 5, 2006
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