Originally Posted by Star56
Paulus was incompetent and didn't have the decency to shoot himself when promoted. Unimaginable horror for German troops. One of his troops should have saved a bullet and shot him before he could surrender. Traitors and cowards do not deserve to live.
Hmmm....that's not the way I read the history of the Battle of Stalingrad.
The Sixth Army was surrounded, cut-off from supplies of men, material, and food.
None of that was the result of anything Paulus did.
Paulus was promoted to Field Marshall by Hitler right before the city fell when there was no chance of a German victory or relief from Berlin.
Hitler did this cynically, hoping Paulus would shoot himself because a German FM had never been captured in battle.
As we know, that didn't happen.
If one of Paulus's men had shot him, under German law HE
would have been a traitor.
For those interested in the Battle of Stalingrad: