22nd, 23rd and 24th the German High Command decided to
encircled Sixth Army near Stalingrad by air.
Luftwaffe Commanders, Sixth Army
Commanders and even
members of the High Command (like Kurt Zeitzler) were
completely against the idea of an airlift. Richthofen
said : 'There is no hope of
supplying an army of 250.000
men in this filthy weather.' All of them suggested
that a break-out was the best solution. Hitler
would not hear of it.It would mean
that he had to leave
Stalingrad and the Volga. Göring said to Hitler that
'Luftwaffe' could manage an air-lift and Hitler
decided to supply 6th Army by air.