I do not wish to open a Second Front by arguing with both The Lawyer and the Bar Council but Tulkinghorn is wrong in assuming last week that I confused the military strategies of Hitler and Stalin in the battle for Stalingrad.
On 23 November 1942, General von Paulus, commander of the German Sixth Army, informed Hitler that it was "essential to withdraw all our divisions from Stalingrad".
Hitler's reply was a Furher order to the Sixth Army to stay in their positions. The result was the destruction of the army and proved to be Germany's greatest military defeat.
That was why I compared Hitler's strategy at Stalingrad to the Bar Council's strategy for the future of the Bar.
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