Survivors of Stalingrad, Eyewitness Accounts from the Sixth Army, 1942-43

There have been very few books in the English language about the 
battle for Stalingrad. This book is therefore most welcome and 
adds greatly to the available pool of information. 
Highly Recommended.

 

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NAME: Survivors of Stalingrad, Eyewitness Accounts from the Sixth 
Army, 1942-43
FILE: R2422
AUTHOR:  edited by Reinhold Busch
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: hard back 
PAGES:  254
PRICE: £19.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: WWII, World War 2, World War II, Second World War, German 
Army, Soviet Army, winter warfare, encirclement, siege, air warfare, 
invasion of USSR, Great Patriotic War
ISBN: 978-84832-766-5
IMAGE: B2422.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: There have been very few books in the English language 
about the battle for Stalingrad. This book is therefore most welcome 
and adds greatly to the available pool of information. 
Highly Recommended.

This was a battle that the Soviets could not afford to lose. It was 
both of tactical and political significance. The Germans were equally 
motivated to win for the same reasons. It was one of the key turning 
points of WWII. The Germans had opportunities to withdraw and then 
counter-attack but Hitler was unprepared to listen to the military 
justifications of this option. As a result an Army was placed in 
jeopardy. Not only were the battle losses horrific, but the survivors 
were then take into brutal captivity which was not to end for most of 
the pitiful number of survivors until the 1950s. Those few were saved 
only by the death of Stalin and pressure from Great Britain and the 
United States.

Before the surrender, some soldiers were flown out after becoming 
wounded or falling ill and their accounts are included in this book. 
To these very rare accounts are added the accounts of those who fought 
on to the end and then entered Soviet imprisonment. Together they 
provide an illuminating picture of what was a great German disaster. 
It is a tragic portrait and provides one of the best pictures of this 
epic battle against the Soviets and the bitter winter, as food, 
ammunition and other vital supplies dwindled, the inadequate air drops 
becoming less frequent. Thousands died from starvation and the effects 
of the crippling cold, swelling the battle casualties, until further 
resistance was futile. The death then continued in captivity as the 
POWs were starved and brutally treated by the Soviets.

Some of the accounts provide fresh insights into existing knowledge of 
the battle. However, the importance of this book is the coverage of 
little-known stories of medical care and the efforts made to support 
the 290,000 soldiers who found themselves in this hell.