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Operation Uranus proved to be a brilliant rescue plan for the city of Stalingrad.  Hitler’s hold on Soviet territory was quickly slipping away by early 1943. 

As Earl Ziemke puts it, in Stalingrad to Berlin: The German Defeat in the East:

At Stalingrad Germany lost both an army and a campaign. What Hitler had sacrificed Sixth Army to keep - the fruits of the summer's victories - slipped from his grasp along with the dying army. The banks of the Don as well as the Volga became a graveyard of German ambitions.  (Stalingrad to Berlin, at page 81.) 

In other words ... it wasn’t just Stalingrad (now known as Volgograd) which Hitler had lost.  As the Soviet Army continued its advance, the German front changed very quickly from week to week between mid-January to mid-February of 1943. 

This map—from Stalingrad to Berlin—graphically depicts Germany’s loss of previously held territories.  Ziemke tells us more about it:

While the Russians were opening the way for a cut deep to the southwest, Army Group Don stayed tied down on the Donets and east of Rostov protecting the rear of Army Group A.  

Although Hitler had indicated at the end of December that he intended to withdraw Army Group A to a bridgehead on the Taman Peninsula, he had only allowed the army group to bend back its left flank to tie in with Don. On 13 January Kleist asked for a decision on what to do next. He wanted to evacuate most of his troops through Rostov and hold a small Taman bridgehead. 

Zeitzler replied that despite all efforts, it was very difficult "at the present time" to get decisions from Hitler, who claimed to be occupied with other problems and considered that decisions such as that pertaining to Army Group A still had time. (Stalingrad to Berlin, at pages 81-82.) 

Actually ... none of the German groups had time. On the 31st of January, 1943, Stalingrad was back in Soviet hands—and—General Paulus was in Soviet custody

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5124stories and lessons created

Original Release: Dec 08, 2016

Updated Last Revision: Dec 08, 2016


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Map image, described above, located at page 82 of Stalingrad to Berlin: The German Defeat in the East.    PD.

 

 Linked image of General Paulus, at the time of his surrender, from the German Federal Archives where it has this translated description:

 

The prisoners of war, Field Marshal Friedrich Paulus (left), former commander of the fascist 6th Army at Stalingrad with his chief of staff, Lieutenant General Arthur Schmidt (center), and his aide, Colonel William Adam, meet the staff of the Soviet 64th Army at Beketovka on 01.31.1943.

The Bundesararchiv (German Federal Archive) also tells us that the Paulus photographer was most likely Georgi Lipskerow (Lipskerov).

 

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