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The Glory of Stalingrad
Heroes of the Battle of Stalingrad
222 pages; 12 chapters and 2 appendixes
The Glory of Stalingrad is more than another book on the Battle
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that defines the heroism and glorious bravery of specific Axis
troop units during the Battle of Stalingrad, including the several
division-sized elements of Russian volunteers that fought against the
Soviets in the Battle of Stalingrad. The Glory of Stalingrad is
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“The great British military historian Anthony Beevor has reported that in Stalingrad there were 50,000 Russians serving in
the frontline divisions and 70 000 in the other divisions. The Russians would thus have constituted almost half of the
German army at Stalingrad
By November 16 1942, the depleted German 6th Army controlled about 30,000 frontline German combatants (about 21%
bayonet strength per full strength division, less for depleted divisions). However, the Germans were not alone in their
battle against the Red Army. According to Wallace Carol: “It has been estimated that when the German Army moved on
Stalingrad, accompanying them were about a half a million Soviet volunteers.” However, that figure seems oddly inflated.
Yet, there were many Soviet volunteers fighting against the Red Army at Stalingrad in 1942-43. At first, former Red Army
volunteers (Hiwis) were used as supply troops and engineers. Then as German manpower continued to shrink as a result
of continuous battle, entire Soviet volunteer companies were committed to combat under German NCOs.
During the Battle for Stalingrad, the German 6th Army’s 71st, 76th and 79th Infantry Divisions included Russian volunteers
equal to fifty percent of their manpower. The 79th Infantry Division had been formed as a full strength German infantry
division in 1942. It was almost exclusively composed of Germans between the ages of twenty and twenty-seven years old.
One in every five soldiers in the division was a Nazi Party member and the division was considered pure Aryan.
There were more Russian volunteer combatants than Germans in the 76th Infantry Division. There was one Hiwi for every
two Germans in the German 376th Infantry Division. Tens of thousands of Soviet volunteer units, serving in fifteen
German 6th Army combat divisions, fought on the frontline at Stalingrad.
The German 94th and 295th Infantry divisions, as well as most of the other German Stalingrad divisions, had combat and
service battalions made up of Soviet volunteers. Those volunteers were either POWs captured in Stalingrad or deserters
who crossed the lines in Stalingrad to fight for the Germans.
Most German divisions in Stalingrad also had at least one battery in every artillery battalion, which was manned by former
Red Army men. Such batteries were frequently equipped with captured Soviet guns and ammunition too.
By mid-October 1942, seven German divisions (71st Infantry, 94th Infantry, 295th Infantry, 305th Infantry, 389th Infantry,
16th Panzer, and 24th Panzer Divisions) were so depleted by fighting through the streets of Stalingrad that they were
unfit for anything more than feeble defensive combat. Most of those divisions were only able to muster one or two German
combat battalions in late October 1942, but they also had Russian combat battalions. Without thousands of former Soviet
volunteers fighting on the frontlines, the Germans could not have held out as long as they did. The Russian volunteer
units at Stalingrad remained loyal to the German cause of anti-Bolshevism and usually fought to the death against their
former Soviet masters.
According to Stalingrad historian Dave Parham: “Most of the officers in the (German) Sixth Army (in Stalingrad)...were well
pleased with their ‘new’ (Soviet volunteer) soldiers. The commander of the 24th Panzer Division noted that the Soviets
showed great skill in house-to-house combat.” The 24th Panzer Division also reported that its Russian volunteers
performed splendidly as riflemen and machine gunners.”
Excerpt from The Glory of Stalingrad
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