1st of February, 1943.
As the T34's bullet ripped apart the wall, Schultz didn't have much to think about. As the wall behind him was being shredded to thousands of pieces, the only sound he could hear was an annoying whistle.
To know the Russian Machineguns were shooting, he needed no sound.
While he started supression fire with his rifle, the sound came back to him. The things he was hearing could only be mentioned is "scary".
An entire Russian company was roaring "urrah" while bayonet charging at the ruined building he and his comrades were in. If the Russians had waited a little while longer, Germans would be forced to withdraw anyway, due to the lack of bullets. Alas, Stalin had ordered them to take the City with bullets, with bayons and with their bare hands.
Schultz knew he would die soon. Russians who cared nothing about the heavy losses they were about to suffer, were a horde impossible to stop.
After 6th Army worth of 23,000 men was encircled in Stalingrad, and 66,000 men in nearby areas, German aims were simple.
Save whatever's possible.
6th Army was in an unbreachable castle, but the remaining 66,000 men had no choice to surrender, and so, February would see a Russian offensive behind the actual frontlines.
According to Field Marshal Keitel's orders, OKH (which was now under the command of Gen. Guderian, as Zeitzler wasn't doing nicely) would start an offensive instead of digging in and holding the line. To the north, Heeresgruppe Nord would launch an offensive on the Russians to the south of Lake Ladoga for two reasons. First reason was to help the Finnish to the northeast by drawing more Russian attention, and the second reason was making sure Siege of Leningrad went uninterrupted. Heeresgruppe Nord's commander von Küchler's decision wasn't a popular one, as it included an assault on frozen soil defended by a very close amount of Russians.
Assault on the Northern Front.
Middle Front was a different case. For both sides, Middle was weaker then the usual. And so, Germans launched two assaults on two Russian spearheads. Marshal von Klüge, commander of the Heeresgruppe Mitte, was the luckiest of all as the positions he was attacking were mostly exposed to German assaults on more then one side.
Assaults on the Middle Front.
South was Germany's weakest front, after the failure in Fall Blau. For this reason, an offensive wouldn't happen at this moment. Instead, von Manstein (of Heeresgruppe Don) and von Kleist (of Heeresgruppe A) would simply move their reserves to the front for an assault at Batajsk Region. Batajsk Region was important for both Army Groups, due to the Region being the only Soviet land between two fronts.
Movements at the South.
It appears to be seen if Wehrmarct's latest gamble will prove fruitful.