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11-04-2009, 02:46 PM
Greetings :-),

If a German soldier managed to get away without being captured after the surrender at Stalingrad, what's the shortest distance he could have had to travel to reach a German unit?

Also, does anyone know if any of the German soldiers did pull this off and wrote about it?

Thanks :-),

11-04-2009, 03:11 PM
There are a number of memoirs written by Germans. You could search Amazon and maybe find what you need. I didn't make an exhaustive search, but here's one to get you started: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0975107615/ref=s9_simz_gw_s0_p14_t1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=1BSY7DG78MYBGJ23KR0S&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938631&pf_rd_i=507846

I mostly remember the story of some Germans hanging onto the wings of the last planes leaving Stalingrad. It always struck me as the height of desperation.

11-04-2009, 03:39 PM
Here's (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Eastern_Front_1942-11_to_1943-03.png) the Eastern front during those months. Looks to me like your soldier has an awful long way to travel on foot.

This (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rodion_Malinovsky) mentions the Soviets taking Rostov-on-Don in late February 1943. As Stalingrad surrendered on 1-2 February, your soldier has a couple of weeks to break through the Russian lines and make his way down the Don to Rostov before it falls, which is 465km (http://www.ride-onmotortours.com/common/pages_english/stg_eng/stg_program_eng.htm), apparently.