Sunday, November 25, 2012

Nov

25

1942

Hitler trusts Goering to supply Stalingrad by air

In the winter of 1941-1942 the Luftwaffe had managed to maintain supplies to the Demjansk pocket despite treacherous flying conditions. Now Goering was promising that they could do it all again - but this time for the whole of the 6th Army trapped in Stalingrad.

Reichsmarschall was enormously strong, said he would fly in any weather condihons. Demyansk and other cases had proved it possible. We were horrified at his optimism, which is not shared even by Luftwaffe General Staff. F. [Fuhrer] was enthusiastic about the Reichsmarschall, who would deliver the goods as he had done in the past. There was no chicken-heartedness with him as there was in many Army circles.