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Schönholzer Heide Soviet Cemetery, Berlin, Germany

The least accessible and least known of the three major Soviet memorials in Berlin can be found in the Pankow district, in the north of the city. The cemetery was designed by a team including the architects Konstantin A. Solovyev, … Continue reading

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Place de la Bataille de Stalingrad, Paris, France

Place de la Bataille de Stalingrad is a small and fairly nondescript junction in the 19th Arondissement in the northeastern part of Paris. Part of Boulevard de la Villette was renamed Place de Stalingrad in 1945, and the name was … Continue reading

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Perekop, Crimea, Ukraine

Crimea has hit the headlines in the last few weeks, so I thought I’d post a few pictures that I took on on the Perekop Isthmus, the narrow neck of land that joins the Crimean Peninsula to the mainland of … Continue reading

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T-34 Restoration Documentary, the Belarussian company behind the hugely popular online game World of Tanks, has produced a nice video about the restoration of a T-34/76 by a team at the Stalin Line museum complex outside Minsk:

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“Glory” Memorial, Tiraspol, Transdniester

Tiraspol’s main war memorial commemorates the dead of the Great Patriotic War, the Afghanistan War and the Transdniestran War of 1990-2. Not unusually, the centrepiece of the memorial is a T-34/85. There are also a number of individual and mass … Continue reading

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“Sapun Ridge” Diorama Museum, Sevastopol, Ukraine

Sapun Ridge (Сапун-Гора) is a 240-m-tall ridge that provides a strong defensive position to the southeast of Sevastopol city centre. During the assault on Sevastopol in May 1944, it was defended by the German 5th Korps, but the 51st Army … Continue reading

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Stalingrad Guidebook

My good friend Svetlana has written a great English-language guidebook that covers the Stalingrad battlefield and many other sites and activities in Volgograd and the surrounding region. The book has full coverage of all the main memorials and locations that … Continue reading

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