In the memoirs, studies regarding the Battle of Stalingrad, there is no mention of the Kriegsmarine units near Stalingrad. However, I have a lot of evidence to the contrary. I will try to present the facts known to me. I have several eyewitness accounts from among civilians who saw German sailors before and after the encirclement. There is a document on the 36th Guards Division, where it is reported that 2 naval officers (Lieutenant zur See, Oberlieutnant zer See) surrendered in the division's sector on January 11, 1943, who were escorted to the headquarters of the 64th Army.
Chief Lieutenant Joachim Shtempel (14th Panzer Division) recalled that during the withdrawal of their division from the city and the march to the village. Karpovka (November 18-19), they met the Kriegsmarine column guarded by the field gendarmerie. According to his recollections, they joked, - "Hitler sent help, now" Tirpitz will enter the Volga, and the Russians will be finished. The presence of naval units in the Stalingrad area is also confirmed by excavations at the battlefield. The remains of a German sailor were found in the Orlovka area.
In the area of the Cossack Kurgan (Baburkin farm), the remains of the Kapitanleutnant tunic were found in the dugout (shoulder straps and sheathing were preserved). Not far from this place there was a broken Kubelwagen with numbers WM (Kriegsmarine). Also at the Nursery airfield, a German dugout was discovered (apparently serving as a clothing warehouse) where there were quite a few uniforms, stripes, and other regalia belonging to the Kriegsmarine. There is a mention in German publications about the transfer of the Naval Construction Battalion to Stalingrad (October 1942) by aircraft from Kiel, But why?
So I have no doubts about the presence of the Kriegsmarine units in the Stalingrad cauldron. Judging by indirect indications, there was a unit (maybe more than one) numbering about a battalion. So I have a few questions. Why is there no mention of these parts anywhere? What did the German sailors do in Stalingrad, and why they were not taken out of the boiler (after all, many units performing various special tasks were evacuated).The item "WW2 WW1 Authentic German Kriegsmarine Submarine Officer's Armband. Very rare" is in sale since Sunday, May 23, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\WW II (1939-45)\Original Period Items\Germany\Personal, Field Gear". The seller is "igorcernov9102" and is located in astrakhan. This item can be shipped worldwide.