February 1943



By radio Hitler ordered General Strecker personally to hold the northern Stalingrad pocket to the last man. The Russians were very angry at their refusal to stop fighting, and many of them were not allowed to surrender when  they ran out of ammunition, but were shot down or clubbed to death.

08.40 AM : General Strecker sent a message to Hitler : " Eleventh Corps and its divisions have fought to the last man against vastly superior forces. Long live Germany."
The last German holdouts in Stalingrad’s northern pocket; the 11th Corps under General Strecker, capitulated at 10.00 am.