The Final BLITZKRIEG before Stalingrad City! Battlestorm Stalingrad S5/E13

Hermann Hoth finally gets his 4th Panzer Army on the move, in what will turn out to be the final successful Blitzkrieg of the Stalingrad Campaign. The 48th Panzer Corps smashed through the 126th Rifle Division and raced off towards Stalingrad, causing chaos in the 64th Army. Shumilov reacts by pulling back his tanks, but the 64th Army is taken by surprise and is out of position. Eremenko must accept the inevitable – that his line is broken and that the city of Stalingrad is probably about to fall.

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  1. Hey guys! Robert Kellner (grandson of Friedrich Kellner) has just posted a comment in last week's video, and I've pinned it so all of your can go read it
    He's talking about the authenticity of the diary ? thought you might want to check it out!

  2. Well put
    So many wasted lives due to shit leadership and organisation
    It might be interesting to review which side suffered most across the war from commanders unwillingness to react appropriately either from fear of direct punishment or from their cultural views of how "their army" ought to act

    On a side note, I initially discounted the Soviet continued use of ATRs as being simply due to lack of better kit
    However, their impact on thin skinned vehicles seems to have impeded or limited the deployment of armoured infantry, reducing support for panzer regiments
    Has anyone written on that particular problem for the Wehrmacht?

  3. 26:00 Blaming the Romanians for failing to attack is pointless. Maybe they failed the start of the attack because of the constant Army suppy issues, manpower & armor. The Germans were attacking with a powerfull force so it makes me think that the Germans used the Romanians as a shield and then start the attack..

  4. The civilians mostly fleeing the city actually would have helped the Soviets I thought . Much easier to fight a brutal urban combat sans most of the civilians .

  5. Romanians should have stopped at Dniester. It was our border. Pointless to fight from there onwards. Especially when your ally doesnt send you anti-tank, uses you as cannon fodder and thinks you're inferior. A million dead soldiers and a harsher rule under the soviet boot is what we got.

  6. I have a question. Did you ever make a video or are you going to make one about the real happening behind the eastern front? I mean, you often hear the Germans had their “Einsatzgruppen“ and purged the territory of jews and other minorities, then you hear there was some kind of a civil war between soviet partisans and collaborating troops and I also hears about soviets in german uniforms killing their own people to increase the anti – german actions behind the front.
    What is true and what is just propaganda? I don't and I didn't find that much informations in the internet.

  7. The destroyed HQ of 126 rifle division was descovered only comparatively recently. In 2005 I participated in the excavation and unearthing of the dead officers of 126 RD HQ. We found soviet leiutenant Rylov Georgy Aleksandrovich born in 1920 from Kyrovohrad (now Kropivnytskiy in Ukraine). He had a medallion on him, we were lucky to identify him. He was clutching an anti-tank granade in hand, so the whole HQ probably died fighting off german tanks and grenadiers.

    By the way, here is a good photo of 126 rifle division commander Vladimir Sorokin

    In 2012 colonel Sorokin finally got himself a monument – it is erected in township Privolnyi where colonel was buried in 1985.

  8. TIK, all you're doing is re-telling documented tactical movements for the most part and repeating bits you've read from books that cover those battles. "Third Brigade went there, 1st Division sat on it's thumbs, etc. etc. Furthermore, it's quite obvious you've got some reading to do in terms of politics and economics if you ever intend on becoming anything more than a story teller.

  9. At the end of 1944 and beging of 1945 why Nazis requesting German people to donate shoose,cloths,swetters,jackets for whermachant even though they had a staggering 200ton of gold kept in mercares mine?
    And mercares mine area still in control of nazis why Hitler not used 200tons of gold from mine to war efforts?

  10. Since you haven't update the unit cards.

    Oberst Herrmann 516 I.R.

    4th panzer army chief of staff oberst fangohr is the same fangohr in the courland pocket

    8th army corp

    4th army corp

    Couldn't find one for 51st army corp

    6th army generals

    Von Daniels,Von Armin,Deboi,Heitz,Adam and paulus,_General_Heitz_and_other_German_officers_of_the_6th_Army_after_its_surrender.jpg


    Paulus and Richtofen

    Other pictures of stalingrad

    According to many internet courses Schlomer is one of the oldest generals.He is over 100 years old.Edelsheim was also quite old when he died

    Btw you have the wrong schwerin.The schwerin you have is gerhard von schwerin who is with the 8th jager division and later the 16th motorized division.Arnold szelinski commander of 298 I.D. would later command the reformed 376th I.D.Also do you need pictures for the units in operation winterstorm and what are the other divisions that participated in it.

  11. Colonel S. F. Gorokhov held off the 16th Panzer Division, and other units, throughout the battle for Stalingrad, denying the link up of that unit with the attacking units, i.e. Gen. Seydlitz's 51st Corps, from the west against the factory district. During a time Gorokhov was cut off from the 62nd Army. TIK will tell it, I'm sure.

     It was Group Gorokhov's (name changed as his command later encompassed other units) units which opposed the unit that my great uncle fought with, the 1/64 Pzr. Gren. Rgmt and in which he was wounded outside Spartakow(v)ka in October '42 and died 12 days later in the rear hospital at Kalatsch (Kalach on Don). He was shot in the head whilst in his vehicle. Col. Gorokhov went on to fight all the way to Berlin, commanding a corps. He attained the rank of general and became the chief of Soviet military administration in Germany.

  12. the whole thing between Hoth and Richthofen shows a bit of a deeper issue, the high command not willing to accept that sometimes you need to step back and change plans.
    Hoth has pulled back and is preparing for a major battle, traditional logic goes that the longer you prepare for an attack the better it will go, speed comes into effect AFTER combat has begun, that is when momentum and rapid decision making come into play. So the higher command badgering Hoth to attack sooner, which would give less results and waste a good opportunity, is endemic of people who get bogged down and arn't willing to accept that to continue hammering is a waste of effort.
    This same attitude can be seen all over life whenever time is a factor, continuous rushed attempts to get complex projects completed when a seemingly longer and slower approach would actually get it done sooner.

    Regarding 48 panzer corps actual attack it seemed to go fairly well for the Germans, the decision to withdraw at the end is rather uncharacteristic of what we come to expect from the Germans over extending themselves. I guess we'll see if this decision was correct or if it shows perhaps a growing caution in the German forces. Going by the map alone, the only mobile threat still existing was the 20th anti tank brigade since the rest of the 13th tank corps seems to have been mostly destroyed at this point the 126 division was a non factor at this point and the 157 was too far (and too depleted) to be a real threat. going by what you said regarding fuel reserves they should have had enough fuel to push across the river.
    The soviets were disorganized and lacked reserves this is a time where momentum plays come into their own. Continuing the attack until fuel reserves were depleted would have further compelled the soviets to withdraw their now massively exposed armies, and deprived them of a potentially lethal defensive obstacle.

  13. Soviet losses around Serafimovichi were also including “lightly wounded staying with their units”. But somehow it’s only mentioned for fascists as some kind of sign of victory or whatever. Weird comparison

  14. Devastating presentation! The real history is almost completely the opposite of what I grew up reading back before the Soviet Union fell and the Russian archives became available to David Glantz and other historians. Most of the battles described in this documentary were complete blank spots in the Cold War Era histories I used to read. I can't believe how much fighting there was to the west of Stalingrad and even beyond the Don! The impact on me is like a light being turned on in a dark room. Blanks once filled in by my middle-school imagination are now fleshed out with a rich, full picture provided by eye-witness testimony from both sides of the lines! Unbelievably good. My $5/month should be the subscription price, not merely a voluntary contribution.

  15. The bibliography shows Craig's "Enemy At The Gates" as 2015 (kindle), but the book was published first in 1974. I wonder if that might be a more relevant date for someone glancing at sources. This is the first time I've seen that book cited for anything (here contradicting one of Beevor's faulty impressions). I purchased a paperback copy in ~1976, with an embossed graphical cover. I found it to be a very compelling chronicle at the time for it was my only source of information on the battle at the time. I have not seen a critique of this book, so one wonders if it has worn well with age.

  16. The plural of Panzerfaust is Panzerfäuste or in the case in the video "they were armed with Panzerfäusten" – not Panzerfausten – which, while historically inaccurate, would be grammatically correct… "Panzerfausts", lol! Anglicizing it does not make it right.

  17. 16:20 I think the Soviets made a mistake here… Instead of launching an assault against the 3rd Panzer Division and trying to reach the 26th tank Brigade in the other side of the pocket splitting the German 14th Corps in two, they should instead redeploy and attack the 160th Pz. batallion sector in the gap between the German 14th Corps and the 51st Corps in order to prevent the Germans from supplying or rescuing the 14th… And only them they should launch an attack against the 14th Corps from the now occupied gap between the German 14th and 51st pressing the 14th against the Volga river while the artillery at the other side of the river and the barges keep shelling them

    To split the 14th Corps pocket in two by reaching the Soviet tank brigade at the other side is completely useless as the Germans still have the 51st Corps and the KG Kaegler to the east resupply and rescue both of the pockets, letting the Soviet 62nd and 64th armies cut off from the bulk of the Stalingrad front to the north… The main preoccupation of the Soviets should be the effectively cutting the 14th off from the rest of the 6th Army and push them east into surrender laying the corridor open between the Soviet 62nd and 64th and the rest of the front, thus keeping the Germans from close the encirclement at Stalingrad… Not just split the 14th German Corps, which will be rescued anyway

  18. I wondered about that for a couple of video, but now that Hoth is amassing troops, tanks and oil behind Romanian lines for an attack it seems the right time to ask the question : why didn t this next attack took place a bit more westward where there seems to be a huge hole in the front ?
    Is the terrain the reason why no fighting took place down there? Or is there a tactical reason for that?
    Edit : I mean west of gromoslavska if that wasn’t clear

  19. Hi This an excellent series. Pedestrians like me would have much greater sense of the scope of fighting if you were able to give daily casualties of both sides. Even estimates would give me/ us? a better sense of the huge scale of fighting during this period. If you said the germans lost an average of 1000 men a day and the russians lost an average of 8000 men a day it would give me a better sense of this horror. And we all know things will get worse before they get better. I n fact they will never only better when the war is over.

  20. Watching the episodes of this battle it seems that the soviets learned a lot from 41. They acted very mobile and avoided encirclements. Thus the 6th and 4th German armies were worn out during their way to Stalingrad.