The unknown Leutnant lights his cigarette from the pipe of an Oberleutnant from Inf. Reg.577. In an effort to avoid standing out to enemy snipers, both officers carry the standard Kar98K rifle instead of MP-40s and the Lieutenant has toned down the whiteness of his officer's shoulder straps. Inf.Rgt. 577 lost only one officer on 14 Oct: Lt. Werner Schwederer, a platoon commander from 7. Kcompanie, was killed.
After the wreath-laying ceremony, von Schwerin talks with hiss three infantry regiment commanders. From Left: Oberstleutnant Richard Eichler (inf Rgt.212), Generalmajor von Schwerin and Oberst Andreas von Aulock (Inf.Rgt.226). All three men would soon be highly decorated. Von Schwerin was fortunate to have such effective segment commanders.
Oberleutnant Augustin was heavily wounded during the division's first attack in Stalingrad on 23 October. Major Hildebrandt and Hauptmann Rutt were more fortunate: they would be flown out of th pocket on 8 January, 1943, together with General von Schwerin, when the division was dissolved.
, on the way east, men of 79 inf.div did not know they would eventually be sent to Stalingrad. As far as they knew, they were destined to occupy another defensive sector along the Don. Everything would change with a new order on 6 October.