The Sixth Army, true to their oath and conscious of the lofty importance of their mission, have held their position to the last man and the last round for Führer and Fatherland unto the end.
Radio message to Adolf Hitler, January 31, 1943. Quoted in The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany, by William Lawrence Shirer, Germany (1990, page 931).
You are talking to dead men here.Friedrich Paulus
Everything you say, Reichenau, is totally unmilitaristic.Friedrich Paulus
Soldiers were and will remain soldiers. They fight, carrying out their duty, not thinking about the reasons, true to their military oath. And the beginning and the end of war is the business of politicians, to whom the situation at the front dictates these or other decisions.Friedrich Paulus
What hurts me the most, personally, is that I still promoted him to field marshal. I wanted to give him this final satisfaction... a man like that besmirches the heroism of so many others at the last moment. He could have freed himself from all sorrow and ascended into eternity and national immortality, but he prefers to go to Moscow.Friedrich Paulus
A very clever man though perhaps not a very strong character.Friedrich Paulus
He is at pains to avoid making enemies. He is slow, but very methodical. He displays marked tactical ability, though he is inclined to spend overmuch time on his appreciation.Friedrich Paulus
Surrender is forbidden. Sixth Army will hold their positions to the last man and the last round and by their heroic endurance will make an unforgettable contribution toward the establishment of a defensive front and the salvation of the Western world.Friedrich Paulus