With Paulus at Stalingrad

by Wilhelm Adam (Author), Tony Le Tissier (Editor)
Paperback: 289 pages
Publisher: Pen and Sword (June 12 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1473898986
ISBN-13: 978-1473898981

‘Through his daily involvement with them, Wilhelm Adam is able to perfectly describe the characters involved, the tensions and despair amongst them and the pressure Paulus and his staff found themselves under as the Soviet pincers closed around the men of the abandoned 6th Army. The reader is presented with the hopeless situation faced by Paulus and his staff who, aware of the looming disaster from a very early stage are constantly denied the option of a withdrawal by Hitler and left to their catastrophic fate’. …Grossdeutschland Aufklrungsgruppe

Colonel Wilhelm Adam, senior ADC to General Paulus, commander of the German 6th Army at Stalingrad, wrote a compelling and controversial memoir describing the German defeat, his time as a prisoner of war with Paulus, and his conversion to communism. Now, for the first time, his German text has been translated into English.

His account gives an intimate insight into events at the 6th Army headquarters during the advance to Stalingrad and the protracted and devastating battle for possession of the city. In vivid detail he recalls the sharp personality clashes among the senior commanders and their intense disputes about tactics and strategy, but he also records the ordeal of the German troops trapped in the encirclement and his own role in the fighting.

The extraordinary story he tells, fluently translated by Tony Le Tissier, offers a genuinely fresh perspective on the battle, and it reveals much about the prevailing attitudes and tense personal relationships of the commanders at Stalingrad and at Hitler’s headquarters.

 

Recommended for readers with strong interest in General Paulus, commander of the German 6th Army at Stalingrad. Tony Le Tissier has done a very good job of translating this German language book to English.

Many thanks to Alex and Pen & Sword for the review sample.