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Earlier in the book I read somewhere that an Italian supply convoy found themselves in the encirclement. They simply found themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time and couldnt escape. I wasnt able to find the exact reference. I can thoroughly recomend the book thou.
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According to Frieser (2017), up to 114,000 Italian troops participated in the Battle of Stalingrad. A total of 20,800 Italian troops were killed in the battle, and 64,000 were captured (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_p ... Stalingrad).
Frieser, Karl-Heinz, ed. (2017). "German Conduct of the War after Stalingrad". The Eastern Front, 1943–1944: The War in the East and on the Neighboring Fronts. Germany and the Second World War. VIII. Militärgeschichtliches Forschungsamt (Military History Research Office (Germany) ). Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-822886-8.
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There were two survivors: Walter Poli (driver from the 127° Autoreparto) and Vincenzo Furini (248° Autoreparto).
An article (in Italian) about the book and the 77 men:
https://gaetanovallini.blogspot.com/201 ... o-nel.html
The troops that participated in the wider battle of Stalingrad (outside the city), the 8th Army or ARMIR, consisted of 229,000 men. The UNIRR website lists 91,735 Italian officers and soldiers who died in Russia, of whom 90,457 belonged to the ARMIR or its predecessor, the CSIR (but some estimates put the total deaths at around 95,000). How many were killed in action, how many died of exhaustion and cold during the retreat, and how many died in captivity remains unclear. According to Soviet records, 54,400 Italian POWs were taken, of whom 44,315 died in captivity. At least 20,000 are known to have been killed during the battle and the retreat, so this leaves over 30,000 men whose circumstances of death remain unclear.
Another 32,000 men of the ARMIR (and 7,858 of the CSIR) were wounded or frostbitten.