Hitler ordered to design
a Stalingrad Shield.
There was a Crimean
Shield, a Narvik Shield, a Cholm Shield, so why not a
shield for the
Stalingrad soldier ? Paulus agreed but others were
against the idea. Chief of Staff Schmidt
said that Stalingrad wasn't captured yet. The
decorations had to wait.
Paulus ordered the Public
Relations Officer to design a Stalingrad Shield.
He passed it on to Propaganda Company 637.
The Company commissioned
the war artist, Ernst Eigener, to prepare the design.
Eigener had been in the
war from the very beginning, in Poland, France, Russia
Stalingrad. He was to be met everywhere, in tanks and
trucks and in the mud with the in-
fantry. He loved life and all living creatures, and
therefore he hated war. Friends said of
him that he could not laugh; this was not quite true;
they meant that they had never seen
Eigener was interested in
much that other men pass by without a glance; ruins,
might ignore, appealed to his artist's eye. He examined
where most were merely
bored; gun fire and clouds, sun and mud, the clear
nights, the Volga mist. He thought of no
man as his enemy, and so dearly did he love this land
that he hoped one day to return to Russia
and to live in a house in the hills beside the Don.
In the centre of the
shield Ernst Eigener drew a silo, amidst the ruins of
the city beside the
Volga. Turned towards it was the face of a dead soldier.
Around the soldier's helmet was a
crown of barbed wire and right across the design, in
bold letters, the single word 'Stalingrad'.
This design was turned down by Hitler's
headquarters.'Too demoralising', said the comment
on the margin of the drawing. On November 20th, 1942, a
day filled with sunshine,
Eigener fell in battle. He was thirty-seven years old.
He fell where he had hoped one day to
build himself a house, on the Don High Road, near
'The stars are eternal,
but men behave as though they will be gone tomorrow.'
Eigener wrote these words three hours before he was
arm shield, showing the
was designed by General Paulus,
Commander of 6th Army,
to be worn by all soldiers of the 6th Army after
the victory at
This is a fake Stalingrad arm
However it's been sold as