Did the soldiers of the German 6th Army eat the thousands of horses they had in Stalingrad to keep surviving?

Mudassir Ali
Jan 19, 2020 05:05 PM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Jan 19, 2020 05:05 PM

Antony Beevor(Stalingrad) and William Craig(Enemy at the Gates) claim they ate horses, dogs, rats…and dead men. Sometimes, they ate men that were not dead.

These authors recount that men had to eat animals raw, when warm. There was no fuel or wood for fires. Indeed, dehydration was a killer because they had no fuel to melt ice and snow; eating snow lowered the body core temperature and caused hypothermia.

It got so bad, men stopped growing beards; their bodies lacked nutrients to make hair.

Both are well crafted books but if you are interested, they are easy reads.

While reading, I wondered if I could cope with a place like that. I would not have coped. Craig relates how a tough NCO, one day, grabbed his rifle and slowly walked off to Soviet lines, firing carefully as he went. He did this until he was shot though the head. Smart man.

If you want Beevor’s version:

Craig’s version is here:

Both relate a version of hell. They are more horrific than any horror novel written.

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