NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
12th December, 1942 : Operation Winter Storm, planned by the Commander of the Don Army Group, von Manstein, contrary to Hitler’s orders, gets under way in the area of Kotelnikovo. General Hoth’s armoured group, made up of the 17th,6th and 23rd Armoured Divisions supported by the Rumanian 4th Army and part of the 3rd Army, break through the lines of the Russian 51st Army south of the Don. The rest of von Manstein’s forces, the Hollidt operational group, attacks north of the river. The Germans make rapid progress.