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