Survivors of Stalingrad

Eyewitness Accounts from the 6th Army, 1942–1943

Reinhold Busch

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. 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 ce
Date Published :
January 2016
Publisher :
Frontline Books
Language:
English
Illustration :
16 pages of plates
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781526734075
Pages : 288
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6 inches
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$22.95

Overview
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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 The author has trawled through hundreds of previously unpublished reports, interviews, diaries and newspaper accounts to reveal the experiences of soldiers of all ranks, from simple soldiers to generals.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.

About The Author
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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.

REVIEWS
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"This is a book that sheds light upon the best and worst of the human condition. It stands as testament to the baseness of mankind as well as the astonishing levels to which it may rise; both its greatest strength and its limitation. Busch’s book is disturbing and thought provoking and is a memorial to those who sacrificed for their country and their comrades."

- Chris Buckham

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