Thursday, August 30, 2007

NKVD actions during Stalingrad

Some like Beevor have given ridiculous numbers for those killed during the battle of Stalingrad, here is a breakdown by Army and by Front of those who were stopped from retreating or for other criminal offense and what happened to them. The following is from the book " Сталинградская эпопея"document number 90 page 380. Considering this was an operation which had hundreds of thousands of men participating in it, these numbers are quite reflective.



1942-1943


Army


Oct

Nov.

Dec.

Jan

21 Army

Arrested

6

г

2

1


Convicted for been shot

1


Convicted for prison

6

2

1

_


Shot

8

б

3

24 Army

Arrested

6

3

— -

__


Convicted for been shot



Convicted for prison

6

3



Shot

13

1


62 Army

Arrested

72

35

22

3


Convicted for been shot

26

11

7



Convicted for prison

46

24

15



Shot

42

30

14


64 Army

Arrested

3

4

12

8


Convicted for been shot

1



Convicted for prison

3

4

11


Shot

6

11

14

_

65 Army

Arrested

6

2

8

_


Convicted for been shot

1

2



Convicted for prison

5

2

6



Shot

26

1

11


66 Army

Arrested

1

3

1

3


Convicted for been shot



Convicted for prison

1

3

1



Shot

12

7

5


Total

Arrested

94

49

45

15


Convicted for been shot

27

11

11



Convicted for prison

67

38

34



Shot

107

56

47


6 comments:

Peter said...

Please give the English name and publishing details of the book with the above figures on NKVD arrests etc.

T. Kunikov said...

There is no English name since the book hasn't been translated, a transliteration of the name is "Stalingradskaya Epopiya" produced in Moscow in 2000, publisher is "Zvonnetsa - MG."

Anonymous said...

It's interesting that there was no figures for the months of August and September,to actually take for fact the numbers that the NKVD "published"I would have to say nyet!

T. Kunikov said...

I'm sorry, do you have facts and/or figures that contradict this document?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the quick reply,I'm questioning the validity of the document,again,Why no figures for the first months of the battle?Do you honestly think that the NKVD is going to publish "actual" #'s of deserter's or men that were shot or arrested for retreating,it's never been a wise thing to do when in the Soviet Union or Russia,to ever post or reveal anything that might be construed as a weakness or damaging,or any short coming to the "Motherland".Quite obviously the document exists,all I was pointing out was I do not trust the numbers.With the quantity of books you have read surely you yourself must have a little doubt to the numbers.

T. Kunikov said...

The document comes from the archives which were not for always for public consumption. If you do not have evidence that contradicts it then there is no real reason to distrust these numbers.

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