From: the Netherlands
I am rereading Beevor's "Stalingrad"... I realised we are pushing counters around and having fun doing it.. but - I just tried to imagine what it is like to be responsible for 250.000 men surrounded by 100s of thousands of russians.... (or the other way around).
Reading an account of an overloaded HE111 (wounded soldiers) trying to lift off from Pitomnik during the desperate days of december/january... Apparantly its "cargo" slid to the back of the plane, causing it to go nose up, stall, and falling back to earth. Instead of a second chance they fell to a fiery death...
Or russian sappers throwing themselves before german tanks with antitank mines..
Witnessing such a scene would freeze the blood in your veins....
Apparantly, of the germans marched into prison camps after "Festung Stalingrad" Fell, only 6000 survived.. Claims are that 5% of the "landsers" survived the camps and around 95% of the officers....
I guess we all know who was screwed..
Edited for spelling
< Message edited by Cannonfodder -- 1/29/2011 12:15:25 PM >
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