In December 1942, 75,000 men set out from seventy miles away to free 250,000 Germans surrounded in Stalingrad. In its futile effort to relieve the starving army, the forces ignored a German bridgehead only thirty-five miles from the Nazi lines at Stalingrad. Why had Hitler's most brilliant officer chosen to start the relief effort so far away? History has never explained the decision. The Ghost Army ghastly details the fates of rifleman Helmuth Eichmann and reconnaissance ranger Erich Speer, the brothers of infamous Nazi leaders; the Russian woman Dori Andropov; and Soviet Sergeant Viktor Petrovic.