By Reinhold Busch
In November 1942 – in a devastating counter-attack from outdoor town – Soviet forces smashed the German siege and encircled Stalingrad, trapping a few 290,000 squaddies of the sixth military within. for nearly 3 months, through the most harsh a part of the Russian iciness, the German troops continued atrocious stipulations. Freezing chilly and reliant on dwindling meals offers from Luftwaffe air drops, millions died from hunger, frostbite or an infection if now not from the scuffling with itself.
This vital paintings reconstructs the bleak destiny of the sixth military in complete for the 1st time through analyzing the little-known tale of the sphere hospitals and crucial dressing stations. the writer has trawled via 1000s of formerly unpublished experiences, interviews, diaries and newspaper bills to bare the reports of infantrymen of all ranks, from easy infantrymen to generals.
The e-book contains firsthand debts of squaddies who have been wounded or fell ailing and have been flown out of the encirclement; in addition to those that fought to the sour finish and have been taken prisoner by means of the Soviets. They examine the severity of the scuffling with, and exhibit the slowly ebbing hopes for survival. jointly they supply an illuminating and tragic portrait of the appalling occasions at Stalingrad.
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Extra resources for Survivors of Stalingrad: Eyewitness Accounts from the 6th Army, 1942-1943
The divisional command post was located at the heart of the hedgehog in a Balka about a kilometre north of Orlovka. At the narrowest part the South Front and North Front were separated by only two or three kilometres. In the Balka, work had been carried out feverishly above ground to create protection. Angular one-man holes, dug into the sidewalls of the Balka, offered secure protection. Even the General3 contented himself with such a hole. At the end of August the Russians brought reinforcements from the city and attacked the south-east corner – the corner angle – with superior forces from Rynok and Sparovka.
1. 10 25 1900 Survivors of...... pp i-xxii,1-266:- 6/8/14 05:34 Page 26 ANDREAS ENGEL Suddenly two fighter aircraft approached at low level. I thought they were German by the black crosses. We were therefore flabbergasted when they opened fire on us. I was hit in the upper left thigh: instinctively I left myself drop free of the vehicle. My colleague Michels had been hit in the heel and he also lay on the Rollbahn. The terrain was sloping and fortunately our vehicle came to a stop about 100 metres away.
Scarcely had I been bedded down on straw than I heard MG fire. Whoever could still walk fled this inhospitable place. There were only a few of us who seemed to have been left to an uncertain fate. We had a sergeant, who had taken over the protection of the collection centre with a platoon, to thank that we got out of there. He stopped some fleeing vehicles at gunpoint, had them load us aboard and head back eastwards. I was delivered to the dressing station of 100th Jäger Division and here I lay until Christmas in a primitive, cold shack.