After the 6th Army surrendered at Stalingrad on January 31 and February 2, 1943, its surviving members were taken into captivity. The battle for Stalingrad had lasted from August 1942 until February 2, 1943. After months of heavy fighting with neither sufficient supplies nor suitable equipment, and under extremely harsh climate conditions, most surviving soldiers more or less resembled the young man in the foreground. Statistics on the number of German soldiers captured at Stalingrad differ on account of disparities in the various sources.

German Soldier after the Capitulation in Stalingrad (January/February 1943)


Source: Photographer: unknown. Bild 183-E0406-0022-011, Bundesarchiv.