Survivors of Stalingrad: Eyewitness Accounts from the 6th Army, 1942-1943

Survivors of Stalingrad: Eyewitness Accounts from the 6th Army, 1942-1943

by Reinhold Busch


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In November 1942 – in a devastating counter-attack from outside the city – Soviet forces smashed the German siege and encircled Stalingrad, trapping some 290,000 soldiers of the 6th Army inside. For almost three months, during the harshest part of the Russian winter, the German troops endured atrocious conditions. Freezing cold and reliant on dwindling food supplies from Luftwaffe air drops, thousands died from starvation, frostbite or infection if not from the fighting itself.

This important work reconstructs the grim fate of the 6th Army in full for the first time by examining the little-known story of the field hospitals and central dressing stations. The author has trawled through hundreds of previously unpublished reports, interviews, diaries and newspaper accounts to reveal the experiences of soldiers of all ranks, from simple soldiers to generals.

The book includes firsthand accounts of soldiers who were wounded or fell ill and were flown out of the encirclement; as well as those who fought to the bitter end and were taken prisoner by the Soviets. They reflect on the severity of the fighting, and reveal the slowly ebbing hopes for survival. Together they provide an illuminating and tragic portrait of the appalling events at Stalingrad.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781526734075
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 11/16/2018
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 509,427
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

REINHOLD BUSCH was born in 1942 in Metz, Lorraine. He graduated in medicine in 1967 and practised as a doctor for several years. Since 1995, Busch has conducted research on the health services of the Wehrmacht during the Second World War. He has authored several publications on the subject.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Foreword Roger Moorhouse ix

Editor's Introduction xiii

Preface xv

Maps xix

1 I Flew into the Pocket Gottfried Von Bismarck 1

2 Last Flight into the Pocket Michael Deiml 9

3 Despatch Rider at Divisional HQ Wilhelm Eising 16

4 An Impressive Experience Andreas Engel 25

5 Sardine Tins in my Trousers Eitel-Heinz Fenske 28

6 For Me the War Was Soon Over Joachim Feurich 35

7 My Escape from the Pocket on a Motorcycle Erich Franke 44

8 The Pilot Who Flew Me into the Pocket also Flew Me Out Otto Gemünden 48

9 To the Last Round Wilhelm Gereke 56

10 The Fight for Hill 102 and the Railway Station Josef Goblirsch 60

11 The Last Days of the 160th Anti-tank Abteilung Dietrich Goldbec 80

12 The End in the Northern Pocket Gottfried Greve 87

13 Men from Supply in the Front Line Wilhelm Grosse 93

14 Advancing to the South of Stalingrad Werner Halle 99

15 I Flew into the Pocket Without Orders Joachim Heil 103

16 Flying out the Wounded Karl Wilhelm Hoffmann 105

17 At the Last Moment Gustav Kaminski 109

18 With the Last Aircraft from Stalingrad Friedrich Wilhelm Klemm 113

19 Taken Along as an Air-gunner Willi Kreiser 120

20 The End of the Danzig Infantry Regiment Arthur Krüger 127

21 To the Bitter End Hans Krumfuss 133

22 As a Telephone Linesman at Stalingrad Franz Kumpf 144

23 My Last Flight into the Pocket Herbert Kuntz 151

24 On the Northern Boundary Jochen Löser 156

25 Stalingrad Diary Erich Von Lossow 164

26 The Surrender of the Northern Pocket Gert Pfeiffer 183

27 I Did Not Believe I Would Be Saved Paul Pieper 190

28 The Defensive Battle at Baburkin Eberhard Pohl 193

29 My Escape over the Don Bridges Friedrich Randhagen 208

30 As a Runner at Stalingrad Franz Rechberger 212

31 The Hell of Baburkin Josef Rosner 216

32 Infantryman in the Most Forward Frontline Otto Schäfer 220

33 The Final Days of XI Army Corps Karl H. Schwarz 227

34 Back over the Don Helmut Spieth 238

35 With the Luftwaffe Ground Staff Hans Staudinger 241

36 My Wound Saved My Life Adolf Voss 244

37 Close Combat in the Tractor Factory Helmut Walz 247

38 My Angel was a Female Russian Doctor Helmut Wegmann 251

39 The Most Difficult Days of My Life Karl Wolf 256

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