Category Archives: Russia

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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Reenactors, St. Petersburg, Russia

I happened to be passing through St. Petersburg on September 8, 2011, the 70th anniversary of the fall of Schlisselburg, which severed the last overland connection into Leningrad and began the 872-day siege. I spotted these reenactors on Nevskiy Prospekt. … Continue reading

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Malaya Zemlya Memorial Complex, Novorossiysk, Russia

In 2013/14, I completed an MA in Military History and Strategic Studies at Maynooth University. My thesis was on the campaign in the Kuban. The thesis can be found here. In early 1943, as the Battle of Stalingrad reached its … Continue reading

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Baltic Fleet Memorial, Kaliningrad, Russia

This monument commemorates the sailors of the Baltic Fleet who took part in the East Prussian Offensive during the Spring of 1945, during which Königsberg was captured. The memorial is centred on a “Komsomolets” class torpedo boat, mounted on a … Continue reading

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Monument to the 1,200 Guardsmen, Kaliningrad, Russia

This monument was built to commemorate the 11th Guards Army, which took part in the battles in East Prussia in the closing months of the war, including the assault on Königsberg in April 1945. The memorial includes the graves of … Continue reading

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Victory Day 2013

In this post, I will include some coverage of the Victory Day celebrations. A full dress rehearsal for the Moscow parade took place of Tuesday, May 7. RIA Novosti posted this album of photographs. One of the more unusual stories … Continue reading

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Bunker Museum, Kaliningrad, Russia

This museum is housed in the bunker from which General Otto Lasch commanded the defence of Königsberg and where he signed the order surrendering the city on April 9, 1945. The bunker was largely undamaged in the fighting, and the … Continue reading

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