By Reinhold Busch
In November 1942 – in a devastating counter-attack from open air the town – Soviet forces smashed the German siege and encircled Stalingrad, trapping a few 290,000 squaddies of the sixth military inside of. for nearly 3 months, in the course of the most harsh a part of the Russian wintry weather, the German troops continued atrocious stipulations. Freezing chilly and reliant on dwindling meals provides from Luftwaffe air drops, hundreds of thousands died from hunger, frostbite or an infection if no longer from the battling itself. This very important paintings reconstructs the bleak destiny of the sixth military in complete for the 1st time via reading the little-known tale of the sector hospitals and crucial dressing stations. the writer has trawled via enormous quantities of formerly unpublished reviews, interviews, diaries and newspaper debts to bare the reviews of infantrymen of all ranks, from easy squaddies to generals. The publication comprises first-hand money owed of squaddies who have been wounded or fell unwell and have been flown out of the encirclement; in addition to those that fought to the sour finish and have been taken prisoner via the Soviets. They examine the severity of the scuffling with, and display the slowly ebbing hopes for survival. jointly they supply an illuminating and tragic portrait of the appalling occasions at Stalingrad.