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January 22, 2017

Friedrich Paulus

Filed under: David Irving, Germany, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:33 am

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(January 22) What did this German General do on this day in history?  Here is the answer.

David Irving wrote about Paulus on page 557 of the 2002 version of his book entitled “Hitler’s war”.

Begin quote

On January 22 the Russians again called on Paulus to surrender.  Hitler remarked that the Russians would abide by no conventions – no prisoners would survive long; on the other hand, every day the Sixth Army fought on would help to stabilize the other fronts.  Paulus radioed a dignified, even fatalistic, response to Hitler’s instructions: ‘Your orders are being executed.  Long live Germany.’

End quote

On January 31 Paulus surrendered.  David Irving wrote about Paulus  on page 559 of “Hitler’s war”.

Begin quote:

Defying tradition Paulus had surrendered, as had eleven German and five Romanian generals.  Hitler was thunderstruck.  He could never forgive this field marshal because he had lacked the routine courage of every captain who had gone down with his ship; because  he had not mustered the same bravery as had a score of Soviet commissars and commanders in identically hopeless situations.  “The others stick together, form a phalanx,and keep the last bullet for themselves.  Imagine, even a woman with an ounce of pride in herself, will lock herself in and put a bullet in her brain just because she has heard a few insulting words! …Here is a man who can look on while fifty or sixty thousand of his troops are dying and defending themselves with courage to the end – how can he give himself up to the Bolsheviks?

End quote.


  1. This link gives an interesting account of January 22, 1943.

    No one answered the question of what happened on this day.

    I also updated my blog post with an account of what happened on this day (January 22) that can’t be found on Wikipedia.

    Comment by furtherglory — January 22, 2017 @ 6:30 pm

  2. Jett Rutcker wrote:”Paulus. Surrendered at Stalingrad in 1943. Romanian?”

    But what did our mystery man do today?

    Also I corrected a small typo I made in my Irving quote.

    Thanks for the help with that Mr. Rucker.

    Comment by furtherglory — January 22, 2017 @ 10:57 am

  3. Paulus. Surrendered at Stalingrad in 1943. Romanian?

    Comment by Jett Rucker — January 22, 2017 @ 9:56 am

  4. Paulus.
    Though Jim already answered the his unique and crazy way, of course.

    Comment by brycesdaddy1105 — January 22, 2017 @ 9:53 am

  5. Traitor….

    After Stalingrad and postwa

    Although he at first refused to collaborate with the Soviets, after the attempted assassination of Hitler on 20 July 1944, Paulus became a vocal critic of the Nazi regime while in Soviet captivity, joining the Soviet-sponsored National Committee for a Free Germany and appealing to Germans to surrender. He later acted as a witness for the prosecution at the Nuremberg Trials. He was allowed to move to the German Democratic Republic in 1953, two years before the repatriation of the remaining German POWs who were held under the pretext that West Germany was not recognised by the Soviet Union, and were used for forced labour.

    During the Nuremberg Trials, Paulus was asked about the Stalingrad prisoners by a journalist. Paulus told the journalist to tell the wives and mothers that their husbands and sons were well.[10] Of the 91,000 German prisoners taken at Stalingrad, half had died on the march to Siberian prison camps, and nearly as many died in captivity; only about 6,000 survived and returned home.[Note 2]

    From 1953 to 1956, he lived in Dresden, East Germany, where he worked as the civilian chief of the East German Military History Research Institute. In late 1956, he developed amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and became progressively weaker. He died within a few months, in Dresden, on 1 February 1957, 14 years and one day after the surrender at Stalingrad. As part of his last will and testament, his body was transported to Baden, West Germany, to be buried next to his wife, who had died eight years earlier in 1949, not having seen her husband since his departure for the Eastern Front in the summer of 1942.[Note 3]

    Comment by Jim Rizoli — January 22, 2017 @ 9:47 am

    • You wrote: “In late 1956, he developed amyotrophic lateral sclerosis…”

      I believe that ALS is caused by a blow to the head. I blogged about this at

      Comment by furtherglory — January 22, 2017 @ 12:55 pm

      • I am replying to my own comment to add something.
        My former husband, who is now dead, used to hit me in the head. Fortunately, I never developed ALS, but his second wife died of ALS. I believe that my former husband continued his habit of hitting women in the head with his fist, and that was the cause of death for his second wife, who died of ALS.

        Comment by furtherglory — January 23, 2017 @ 8:42 am

        • No man should EVER hit a women….PERIOD!
          Unless protecting themselves from their abuse.


          Comment by Jim Rizoli — January 23, 2017 @ 8:47 am

          • Jim, for once, you and I agree on something.

            Comment by brycesdaddy1105 — January 23, 2017 @ 9:30 am

            • I’ll take it a step further no one should be hitting ANYONE unless it’s a defensive move to protect oneself from harm
              and on your way of getting away from an abuser.


              Comment by Jim Rizoli — January 23, 2017 @ 10:14 am

              • Again, I completely agree. I abhor violence unless it is necessary to protect one’s self or others, especially family.

                Comment by brycesdaddy1105 — January 23, 2017 @ 10:47 am

  6. Seems to be Fredric Paulus…..


    Comment by Jim Rizoli — January 22, 2017 @ 9:44 am

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