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Today in World War II History—Jan. 31, 1943

German Field Marshal Friedrich Paulus, Maj. Gen. Arthur Schmidt, and Col. Wilhelm Adam after their surrender, Stalingrad, Russia, 31 Jan 1943 (German Federal Archive Bild 183-F0316-0204-005)

German Field Marshal Friedrich Paulus, Maj. Gen. Arthur Schmidt, and Col. Wilhelm Adam after their surrender, Stalingrad, Russia, 31 Jan 1943 (German Federal Archive Bild 183-F0316-0204-005)

75 Years Ago—Jan. 31, 1943: Karl Dönitz takes command of German Navy and is promoted to Grossadmiral, maintaining his position as Commander of U-Boats.

Soviets take southern pocket in Stalingrad and capture Field Marshal Friedrich Paulus, commander of German Sixth Army.

Germans take Faïd and Pichon Passes in Tunisia.