The plot focuses on a 1942 battle between the Nazi Germans and the Soviets set in Stalingrad, Soviet Union. The battle is declared by Viktor Tabori to be "Rattenkrieg"; translated, War of the Rats.
The story focuses in on the lives of two expert snipers, a Russian and a German, each with the goal of killing the other. The two snipers, Army Chief Master Sergeant Vasily Zaytsev of the Red Army and SS Colonel Heinz Thorvald of the German army, are equally matched. However, the story is complicated when a woman sniper Tania Chernova becomes one of Vasily's most talented assistants, and Zaitzev's battlefield lover. ~ Wikipedia
I'm working on a list of books to read that is now up to 54 pages. I'm not sure how a WWII novel got on my reading list. Probably as I was watching the credits for Enemy at the Gates. It was outside my normal choices of thrillers, suspense and mysteries. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The love scenes are written tastefully and masterfully. You can almost taste the setting descriptions. Robbins is a really good writer.