On 20 November 1942 Manstein took command of Army Group Don. On the same day general Yeromenko has commenced his second part of operation Uranus. Clearly, Manstein was superior to Paulus before the 6th army was encircled. According to several notable German generals, Manstein was arrogant and dismissive of his peers and subordinates’ recommendations. According to Joachim Wieder and Graf Heinrich von Einseidel, the ‘extremely self-assured’ Manstein discounted their opinions concerning the Luftwaffe’s inability to supply 6th Army and that the forces available were insufficient to mount a successful relief. In fact, Manstein’s evaluation and reporting to Hitler effectively ‘stabbed all the other commanders in the back’. Manstein was unwilling to defy Hitler by countermanding Hitler’s order for 6th Army to ‘Stand Fast’—despite the extraordinary difficulties and Hitler’s unrealistic expectations. What do you think: who is more responsible for the Stalingrad disaster: Paulus who just executed his orders or Manstein who was commander of the Army group Don, practically from the beginning of operation Uranus? Sources: (1) The operational (warfighting) performance of Field Marshal Erich von Manstein Eastern Front 1942–1944, Major Mark Welburn, Australian Army (2) Stalingrad: Memories and Reassessments, translated by Helmet Bogler, Arms and Armour Press, London (3) Wieder, Joachim and Graf von Einsiedel, Heinrich, 1995, Stalingrad: Memories and Reassessments, translated by Helmet Bogler, Arms and Armour Press, London.