History, on this day : 80 years ago, Nazi Feldmarschall Friedrich Paulus surrenders in Stalingrad

when the European Nazi armies lose WW2

(Georgy Yakulov)

The battle for Stalingrad is the climax of WW2. After a failure in front of Moscow in January 1942, the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht (OKW) targeted southern Russia in June. The planned goals were the oil fields in the Caucasus. On the north flank of the offensive from Ukraine, the German 6. Armee reached in July the western suburb of Stalingrad. Baku will remain too far, but on Volga river, the city which is bearing the name of the Soviet leader, has become the main goal. The reasons are partly symbolic, partly strategic. The industrial center is also a hub for the Soviet supply from the south

(Richard Overy, 2019)

European Nazi armies ? They are, mainly German, commanded from Berlin, have come from whole Europe, in order to fight Bolshevism

French propaganda poster in 1941

But the garrison withstood four months the onslaught in the city and the Stavka (Soviet central command) sent there its reserves

Stalingrad in August 1942 (Emmanuil Yevzerikhin)

Operation Uranus has started on November 19, 1942. The Soviet counteroffensive has swept the Nazi forces, many Hungarians, Italians and Romanians, west and south of Stalingrad, where the German 6. Armee has been encircled on November 23

Generalfeldmarschall Friedrich Paulus surrenders on January 31, 1943, the last remnants of his 6. Armee, on February 2. Germany, Italy, Romania and Hungary have lost more than 750,000 men, killed, injured or prisoners. The Dritte Reich will never recover


The last Nazi offensive, in July, will trigger around Kursk the largest tank battle in history and a new Soviet victory. The Red Army will liberate Kiev in November 1943 and seize Berlin in May 1945

(Evgeny Khaldei)

3 responses to “History, on this day : 80 years ago, Nazi Feldmarschall Friedrich Paulus surrenders in Stalingrad”

  1. […] since February 24, 2022. That criminal insanity sounds funny the day after the 80th anniversary of the Soviet victory in Stalingrad, where the annihilation of the German 6. Armee was the turning point of WW2, forecasted the […]


  2. […] January 1943, when the remnants of Friedrich Paulus’ were about to surrender in Stalingrad, Adolf Hitler spoke […]

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