On to Stalingrad

Operation Winter Thunderstorm and the attempt to relieve Sixth Army, December 1942

Horst Scheibert

The first English translation of a German account of the advance on Stalingrad at the end of 1942
Date Published :
January 2022
Publisher :
Contributor(s) :
Janice W. Ancker
Series :
Die Wehrmacht im Kampf
Illustration :
16 maps
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781612008066
Pages : 144
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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The first English translation of a German account of the attempt to relieve Sixth Army in front of Stalingrad.

In late November 1942, Soviet forces surrounded General Friedrich Paulus’ Sixth Army in a pocket at the Russian city of Stalingrad. In response the Germans planned a relief operation, Operation Winter Thunderstorm, intended to break through the Soviet forces and open the pocket, releasing the encircled units. The 6th Panzer Division was the spearhead of the German relief force. The attack started on 12 December 1942 and was aborted on 23 December after heavy Soviet counterattacks. This failure sealed the fate of the German Sixth Army in Stalingrad. This account of the operation was first published in German in 1956, written by the well-respected military historian and retired German officer, Horst Scheibert who was a tank commander in 6th Panzer Division during the attempt. Utilizing many excerpts from war diaries, and telegrams sent during operations, it is a unique account of the entire operation from the situation in mid-November through the two German offensives, the Soviet counteroffensive and ongoing fighting until early January. This book includes 16 maps from the original edition and is the first English translation of this important German account.

About The Author

A native English speaker of German and Danish descent, Janice W. Ancker holds a PhD in Germanic Languages and Literatures from University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, with a focus on 20th century European social and political history. She grew up listening to stories and experiences of family members who served during World War II. Later, as a military family member, she lived and taught in Germany for more than ten years. She is the translator of Jutland (M. Epkenhans) Hitler’s Wehrmacht (R. Müller), and The Forgotten Front: The Eastern Theater of World War I, 1914–1915 (G. Gross).


"...offers a unique viewpoint from an actual veteran who is able to provide an immediate military analysis of this mostly forgotten operation of the Stalingrad campaign."

- New York Journal of Books

"...many readers will be thrilled with the close-to-the-front but not quite in-the-turret point of view of On to Stalingrad."

- Stone & Stone Second World War Books

"Plenty of scenario opportunities...16 black and white maps offer enough tactical detail for an experienced GM to create a fair approximation of the terrain."

- Historical Miniatures Gaming Society

"...a worthy tribute to a once crushed city and its heroic citizens and soldiers who fought and died so valiantly to save her."

- ARGunners.com

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