Eyewitness accounts from the 6th army, 194243 kindle edition by busch, reinhold. Eyewitness accounts from the 6th army, 19421943 busch, reinhold on. Its a very detailed book about the fights in the sovietunion, and the brutal battle of stalingrad. In the first months of operation barbarossa, few germans were captured by soviet forces. Schroter was among the german war correspondents staff at stalingrad.
My father was in stalingrad, as a captain the the transportation corps. Facing stalingrad portraits of german and soviet survivors. The book won the first samuel johnson prize, the wolfson history prize and the hawthornden prize for literature in 1999. Eyewitness accounts from the 6th army, 19421943 by reinhold busch isbn. The german 6th army surrendered in the battle of stalingrad, 91,000 of the survivors became prisoners of war raising the number to 170,000 in early 1943. In august 1942, hitlers huge sixth army reached the city that bore stalins name.
Pdf survivors of stalingrad download full pdf book. This is where the railway line to stalingrad ended, the final section having been destroyed at tchir. Eyewitness accounts from the 6th army, 194243 by reinhold busch 2016, hardcover at the best online prices at ebay. The soviet forces smashed the german siege and encircled stalingrad, trapping some 290,000 soldiers of the german 6th army inside. Stalingrad by jochen hellbeck translated by christopher. Download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. Vasily grossman seems to be working his way into the consciousness of the modern world. Battle of stalingrad survivors return to germany 1955, 6th. What happened to the survivors of the battle of stalingrad. Stalingrad is a narrative history written by antony beevor of the battle fought in and around the city of stalingrad during world war ii, as well as the events leading up to it. Busch has done a commendable job in compiling a range of accounts, many from the relatively lower ranks.
An excerpt from an interview with a soviet soldier who. What is the best book to read about the battle of stalingrad. Eyewitness accounts from the 6th army, 19421943 survivors. Kesselapocket or became prisoners and lived to tell about it. In november 1942 in a devastating counterattack from outside the city soviet forces smashed the german siege and encircled stalingrad, trapping some 290,000 soldiers of the 6th army inside. The bloodiest and most savage fighting took place in. Eyewitness accounts from the sixth army, 194243, by reinhold busch, frontline books, barnsley, u. After the battle of moscow and the retreat of the german forces the number of prisoners in the soviet prisoner of war camps rose to 120,000 by early 1942. Of the 110,000 german soldiers taken prisoner at stalingrad only about 5,000 came back home after the war.
The book includes firsthand accounts of soldiers who were wounded or fell ill and were flown out of the encirclement. The result is a solid if disquieting addition to the literature on stalingrad. Oct 04, 2007 this book starts with operation barbarossa and goes on towards the fateful siege of the city stalingrad. This 2008 oral history is an interview conducted by a student at american university. What did the german survivors of stalingrad go through while in russian captivity and why did it take over 10 years before they were allowed to return back to germany. Stalins city the city, originally called tsaritsyn, was renamed stalingrad, stalins city, in april 1925, in recognition of joseph stalins leading role in saving the city. Excellent book about the experiences of 39 different soldiers who survived the horrors of the fighting during the battle of stalingrad. On 2 february 1943, in what is considered the turning point of the second world war in europe, the final remnants of the german sixth army surrendered at the battle of stalingrad. Overmans is a historian at the institute of military history in potsdam and author of several studies on the german armed forces during world war ii, including soldaten hinter stacheldraht. The german 6th army surrendered in the battle of stalingrad, 91,000 of the survivors became prisoners of war raising the number. As a 99p kindle daily deal though, it was an absolute bargain. For six months, two massive military forces, each instructed by their respective leader not to cede an inch to the enemy, fought for control of the city that bore the soviet dictators name. I have many photos of him there, including the photos of the poor localsone is using an empty artillery shell to make butter, and another is living in a hole in the ground. List of books and articles about battle of stalingrad.
A very interesting read with stories from a wide range of combatants. The forgotten secrets of stalingrad the independent. Antony beevor has itnerviewed survivors and discovered completely new. Eyewitness accounts from the 6th army, 19421943 survivors of stalingrad hardback common busch, reinhold on. Shop stalingrad battle of 19421943 books at alibris. Sanitary conditions in the city were appalling and dangerous, but those who survived the hell of stalingrad did not notice the awful smell or the ruins around them they were just happy to be alive. Stalingrad author anthony beevor speaks out over ukraine book. Survivors of stalingrad is a unique book in that i havent been able to find anything comparable to it most books about stalingrad are overviews told by an individual usually a historian. Eyewitness accounts from the 6th army, 19421943 at.
German prisoners of war in the soviet union wikipedia. Battle of stalingrad a brief summary rupert colley. It was published by frontline books and has a total of 256 pages in the book. The field marshals and generals captured at stalingrad were treated relatively well, with their own quarters near moscow, but the rest of the army prisoners were marched to prison camps on the steppes and the ural mountains near siberia as well. A new york times bestseller that brings to life one of the bloodiest battles of world war iiand the beginning of the end of the third reich. The book survivors of stalingrad by reinhold busch has an eyewitness account of joachim feurich. Chapter after chapter, one wonders how could so many human lives be wasted in the name of glory and pride for ones country. This book would transform the reputation of anthony beevor, a former british army officer, and would be later translated into 18 languages.
Buschs book is disturbing and thought provoking and is a memorial to those who sacrificed for their country and their comrades. In november 1942, as the battle of stalingrad continued to rage, the red army launched a devastating counterattack from outside the city. It stands as testament to the baseness of mankind as well as. The author goes beyond the usual treatment of the germans to share the dissension and disagreement in the ranks. You will remember this book long after you have put it in your book shelf. Though this book is very nutral, this book present the gut wrenching horrors of war immense suffering endured by both civilians and the soldiers and detailes accurate to the name of every officer along with all regiments and geographical. Discover delightful childrens books with prime book box, a subscription that delivers new books every 1, 2, or 3 months new customers receive 15% off your.
The dead bodies were counted later 150,000 humans and 16,000 animals. Other survivors of stalingrad committed suicide years later. Antony beevor has itnerviewed survivors and discovered completely new material in a wide range of german and soviet archives, including prisoner interrogations and reports of desertions and executions. Each story is unique and they give an allround picture of what a german soldiers life was like during the battle. The battle of stalingrad was not only the psychological turning point of world war ii. Facing stalingrad features portraits of german and soviet veterans who were interviewed in their homes in 2009. Read an excerpt the silence that fell on 2 february in the ruined city felt eerie for those who had been used to destruction as a natural state.
What is the definitive book on the wwii battle of stalingrad. And when night arrives, one of those scorching howling bleeding nights, the dogs plunge into the volga and swim desperately to gain the other bank. The battle of stalingrad was one of the most ferocious military campaigns of all time. A new book has finally laid bare the full horrors of the battle of stalingrad in the words of ordinary russian soldiers, whose memories were suppressed by the soviet authorities for 70 years. Stalingrad conveys the experience of soldiers on both sides, fighting in inhuman conditions, and of civilians trapped on an urban battlefield.
That is the story that hellbeck, a professor at rutgers specializing in modern russia, tells in stalingrad, a book whose heroic rhetoric and rhythms match the heroism of the people of. The title of this book is survivors of stalingrad and it was written by reinhold busch. What were the reasons for this unparalleled mass dying. Can anyone recommend any books about this subject matter the experience of german prisoners of war from their capture and onwards. Jun 01, 2014 excellent book about the experiences of 39 different soldiers who survived the horrors of the fighting during the battle of stalingrad. Mar 28, 2001 stephen walshs book, unlike beevors, doesnt aspire to tell the whole story of stalingrad. It is not to excuse them for what they did, but to show that they were caught in hitlers maelstrom and how that led to the plots against hitlers life, which. The fateful siege is a narrative account of the battle of stalingrad in the second world war. Pavlovs house the first restored building in stalingrad. Astounding accounts of german survivors of the battle of stalingrad. The snows of stalingrad in markus zusaks the book thief. This is a painful book to read, as it shows the horror of the war on both sides. Its a war scholars book, more technical and analytical, offering a detailed account of the strategy. The book is a collection of survivor tales from a multitude of sources.
Considering the scant number of germans who survived stalingrad are still living, i feel this book serves as an important missinglink to the battles entire story. The book isnt quite as suspenseful as the book enemy at the gates by william craig. The interview subject is american university professor vadim medish, an immigrant from the soviet union who had fought with soviet forces to repel the nazi invasion of russia in the battle of stalingrad in world war ii. By day it is an enormous cloud of burning, blinding smoke. Mar 24, 2006 out of the ruins of stalingrad, a book that changed my life. This is not a book about the battle for stalingrad, but about the battle for food, warmth and a flight out. This is a book that sheds light upon the best and worst of the human condition. Do german survivors of stalingrad visit the city nowadays. One downside, nothing to do with the book itself, is that the kindle isnt the best device for displaying the maps and photos that would be the hardback. Jan 19, 2018 stalingrad author anthony beevor speaks out over ukraine book ban. When the soldiers of the 6th army went into captivity at the end of januarybeginning of february 1943, they were closer to death than to life.
Surviving the hell of stalingrad sputnik international. The best book i have read about stalingrad is a book written by antony beevor and its called stalingrad. In june 1941, when hitler launched operation barbarossa, the invasion of the soviet union, with a vast. The book was pitched just right for me, with enough detail provided but remaining readable without too much effort.
Adelbert holl, an infantry leutnant, leads his company through the deadly streets of stalingrad. Most of the people were able to write their tales because they were wounded and were fortunate to be air evacuated from stalingrad. Its very easy to focus on the weapons and tactics of warfare, but this book centres on the human suffering that comes along with combat. In the closing months of 1942, only a few yards of bitterly contested ground stood between hitler and the prize which he valued above all others stalingrad. Oct 30, 2017 it depends on how you want to look at the battle. On august 5, 1942, giant pillars of dust rose over the russian steppe, marking the advance of the 6th army, an elite german combat unit dispatched by hitler to capture the industrial city of stalingrad and press on to the oil fields of azerbaijan. Page 3536 on 23 october we finally arrived at our destination and detrained at tchir on the don.
The street is no longer measured by meters but by corpses. Seventy years after the battle of stalingrad, a historian has published longforgotten eyewitness accounts by red army soldiers and. German history eyewitness accounts shed light on stalingrad. In the fivemonth siege that followed, the russians fought to hold stalingrad at any cost. Eyewitness accounts from the 6th army, 19421943 survivors of stalingrad hardback common. Eyewitness accounts shed light on stalingrad german. The assault the battle of stalingrad 1 of 3 youtube. After adolf hitler failed to conquer moscow in 1941, he turned south toward the prized caucasian oilfields. As the title suggests, the book is a collection of eyewitness reports from those who served in the stalingrad pocket, some of whom were aircrew, some of whom were airlifted out before the final collapse and some of whom made the journey home, via siberia, over a decade later.
It was the bloodiest battle of world war two so brutal the soviet union suppressed the truth. Jan 28, 2016 survivors of stalingrad by reinhold busch, 9781848327665, available at book depository with free delivery worldwide. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading survivors of stalingrad. But this book is long on personality and short on military strategy. The book is noted as a source in stalingrad, and the quotes attributed to groscurth are sourced to it. Editor, reinhold busch, has compiled 39 individual and diverse accounts of german soldiers and airmen who either escaped the stalingrad a. Railroads to stalingrad to supply the german 6th army and. Several of the men actually survived being a pow of the soviet union a subject i wish busch would consider for a future project. The battle of stalingrad marked a turned pointing in world war ii. Feb 16, 2015 battle of stalingrad survivors return to germany october 1955. The stalingrad protocols has been compiled by the german historian jochen. What follows is my translation from an article by dr.
From independent historian beevor coauthor, paris after the liberation, 1994, etc. Eyewitness accounts from the sixth army, 194243, dat dankzij het vertaalwerk van geoffrey. His book stalingrad was awarded the samuel johnson prize for nonfiction, the wolfson history prize, and the hawthornden prize in 1999. Considering the scant number of germans who survived stalingrad are still living, i feel this book serves as an important missinglink to the battle. Stalingrad and finally, with survivors of stalingrad, there is one. Survivors of stalingrad by reinhold busch, 9781526734075, available at book depository with free delivery worldwide. The eastern front experienced the viciousness of war on a scale of unimaginable horror and brutality. Check out our revolutionary sidebyside summary and analysis. This isnt the first book about world war ii, or the russians. The battle of stalingrad 23 august 1942 2 february 1943 was the largest confrontation of world war ii, in which germany and its allies fought the soviet union for control of the city of stalingrad now volgograd in southern russia. This book covers the battle of stalingrad from beginning to end.
If there is only one book on stalingrad that you want to read, then i would suggest enemy at the gates by craig. Stalingrad part 2 of 3 audiobook full by atony bevoor. Ending with the rout of an entire german army, it marked a turning point in world war ii. After general friedrich paulus had surrendered to the russians, having been promoted to the rank of generalfeldmarschall in the hopes hed commit suicide by hitler, he was taken by the soviets as a propaganda tool. In august 1942, hitlers huge sixth army reached the. From antony beevor, the internationally bestselling author of dday and the battle of arnhem.1289 176 1539 927 1511 145 344 1362 364 1344 1110 156 323 1231 1142 953 1678 359 1032 973 1120 344 1376 952 1321 648 528 1000 946 880 1485 197 1408 172