Meet the Heroes: German Hauptmann Friedrich Konrad Winkler

Hauptmann Friedrich Konrad Winkler was the Kompanieführer (Company Commander) of the 6. Kompanie / Grenadier-Regiment 577 during the battles at Barrikady Gun Factory in Stalingrad. In January 1943, his regiment was destroyed. Winkler was captured in February and he died shortly after his capture, at the age of 34 in POW camp Beketowka.

In the image below you can clearly see that he was wearing a broken Infantry Assault Badge. Breaking the assault badge was commonly done by the Stalingrad veterans as an indication that earning the assault badge in Stalingrad was a different level of achievement than earning it somewhere else.

 

Read the full story about Friedrich Winkler here: http://argunners.com/story-behind-famous-stalingrad-photograph/

 

 

Friedrich is one of two miniatures that we are creating for Huzzah Con in the US and their Battle of Stalingrad theme for 2017. They will be first launched at the event and will become available afterwards in our online store and at our resellers. 

In the meantime, join the Stoessi’s Heroes group on Facebook and possibly also our Facebook page, so that you don’t miss any announcements for new releases. Also don’t forget to check out Huzzah Con’s Facebook page.

 

4 Replies to “Meet the Heroes: German Hauptmann Friedrich Konrad Winkler”

  1. moiterei_1984 says: Reply

    Irgendwas stimmt mit der “Helmkrempe” hinten nicht, die scheint sich wie Stoff zu verhalten und an der Schulter mit zu biegen. Kann aber auch sein,dass das nur auf dem Render so aussieht. Ansonsten sehr schicke Figur.

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  3. Ruth Moreau says: Reply

    Heartbreakingly sad. Hauptmann Friedrich Konrad Winkler, a hero of the Third Reich and the thousands of soldiers who served with him. 34 is too young to die and I wonder about his family in Germany and whether they survived the war. There are no war crimes; war is a crime in itself.
    The German Wehrmacht was the greatest fighting machine the world has ever seen and the most honourable.

    Hauptmann Winkler and all the gallant German soldiers who died at Stalingrad are at peace and will never be forgotten.

  4. I lost my entire family for being Jewish. Your post is offensive. Genocide and attempting to destroy my culture only makes your rationalizations a major lie. Hope what happened to the Jews happens to you anti semite. There was no excuse for murdering a 3 year old. Germans who wore a uniform and the people who supported them ate no heroes they are killers

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