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Hey Paul: Recently, watched a show on American Heroes Channel (AHC).  Episode was part of the "Greatest Tank Battles" series & this was on Stalingrad.  Toward the 2nd half, Manstein's relief column is the focus.  There is a scene where -- well, it sounded like to my ears in combination w/being distracted -- a "Gerhard Raus," I think in the column's lead, sets an ambush.  Using CGI, the show displays German tanks coming up over hills on either side of a road with Russian tanks, unsuspecting, advancing to strike the relief column.  Perfectly laid ambush.  Do you happen to know anything about this German action or officer?  The event was new to me (though, I'm sure, not uncommon)& I haven't been able to find anything else on it.  Thanks, Jim

General Erhard Raus from Austria was a tank command in the German Army World War 2.  He wrote a book called Panzer Operations: The Eastern Front Memoir of General Raus, 1941-1945.  The battle in question was part of Operation Winter Storm.  This operation was an attempt to get relief to the German troops at Stalingrad.  It failed due to heavy Soviet resistance and poor weather.  As to the action in questoin I have nothing specific. Raus was a brilliant officer and I have included some links that may help.
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I can answer questions on World War Two weapons, tactics, and strategy. I can answer questions on Weapons systems and their development. I can answer guestions on Space exploration history. I am a World War 2 expert. I study Military Weapons Systems and the usage of those systems.


I work for Saint Petersburg College as a TRS or Technology resources specialist. I read 10 to 15 books a year on World War 2 and weapon systems. I also have a BA in History from USF.

I have a BA in history from USF.

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