THose guys in the pocket were in bad shape , they were ordered to hold , which they did , attempts at breakthroughs from outside were defeated . So in a winter campaign , out of food , low on ammunition , and no way to properly take care of the wounded , and water was probably a challenge . it was only a matter of time for them to start surrendering . They really didnt have much of a choice . The units that are surrendering of their own free will , are going to be processed and set free to the custody of relatives , those that surrender in battle will be exchanged at a later date . A pretty damn good deal in a war for a POW . THey are fed , given medical care , then sent on their way , once processed . The Novos get a lot of ammo and equipment , and dont have to take care of large amounts of prisoners . I have been following this war far a while now , and Command , or lack of , seems to be a big problem on both sides . Whats interesting to me about the whole thing , is that we dont see any big massed offensives . There were at the start 7-8000 men and their equipment trapped , thats a sizable force . But when you see the breakout attempts , they are not large units compared to the whole , so they are manageable to the enemy to defeat . Same thing on the attacks , 5-7 tanks plus infantry , thats nothing to laugh at , but again its very manageable for the enemy . Instead of throwing say , 300 tanks and 30000 infantry into a single spot . These guys are not exactly the Wehrmacht to say the least . The way they are going about the fighting is more like the Hatfields and McCoys feud , rather than two army’s at war .