a complete army could perish that way , also
discipline and tradition and qualified fear of Soviet captivity ( nobody believed in the promises of their propaganda ).
There was no fear of German military tribunals : Only a very small number of soldiers were punished during the pocket time . Paulus had lost most of his influence in the last days , You know that he surrendered "just personally" and gave no orders to the army . There was no formal surrender of the 6th army and some soldiers could decide to continue fighting ( according to Soviet intelligence informations they did for several weeks more )