Paulus flanks at Stalingrad
Posted 10 February 2004 - 08:27 PM
Posted 10 February 2004 - 08:47 PM
[ 10. February 2004, 02:54 PM: Message edited by: PzJgr ]
Posted 10 February 2004 - 09:20 PM
And of course, on November 23rd 1942, when the Soviet pincers finally closed, the broken pieces of Romanian III and IV armies, German IV Panzer and VI armies went all under command of general Paulus.
And talking about who decided to use the Romanian troops in the flanks, it was Hitler. He ordered all the forces of VI and IV Panzer armies to concentrate in the capture of the city and refused to use reserves to guard the flanks. That is why all the northern flank was composed of formations of "little offensive value" —Hungarian II, Italian VIII and Romanian III and IV armies— because German units were too busy attacking.
Generals Halder —before his dismissal—, Zeitzler, Von Weichs, Von Kleist, Paulus, etc. all warned the OKW of the dangerous position the VI Army would face at Stalingrad and adviced to defend the flank strongly but the problem was that at the time there were not enough units to capture the city and defend the flanks at the same time.
When the final assault on the city failed in early November 1942, Hitler finally authorised Paulus to withdraw some Panzer and motorised divisions to the rear to be used as mobile reserves. Infantry divisions were also re-deployed to rest and re-fit, but all these forces were so weak because of the brutal fighting in the city that they had little effect.
The perfect example is that the III Romanian Army's only mobile reserve was a German motorised division which was down to 50% of its equipment and personnel.
"A mon fils: depuis que tes yeux sont fermes les miens n’ont cessé de pleurir." - Mère française, Verdun
Posted 16 September 2005 - 02:19 PM
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