Tag Archives: Volgograd

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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Russian and German Cemeteries, Rossoshka, Volgograd Region, Russia

The village of Rossoshka (Россошка) is about 20 miles northwest of the centre of Volgograd, close to Gumrak International Airport. It was destroyed in heavy fighting in late August 1942, when the 87th Rifle Division of the Soviet 62nd Army … Continue reading

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Meeting of the Fronts Memorial, Kalach-on-Don, Russia

This memorial commemorates the events of November 23, 1942, when the initial encirclement of German forces at Stalingrad was achieved. The Soviet counter-offensive, Operation Uranus, was launched on November 19, when the Southwest Front and Don Front attacked the 3rd … Continue reading

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Battle of Stalingrad 70th Anniversary

February 2, 2013, marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the battle of Stalingrad. The commander of the German 6th Army, Friedrich Paulus, had surrendered with the bulk of the encircled forces on January 31, 1943, but a smaller … Continue reading

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Victory Day Street Decorations, Volgograd, Russia

The photos in this post show some street decorations installed in Volgograd for Victory Day. The first is from the central square at улица Мира (ylitsa Mira) and площадь Павших Борцов (Fallen Warriors’ Square). С праздником Победы means Happy Victory … Continue reading

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Hall of Military Glory, Volgograd, Russia

The Hall of Military Glory is the final element of the Mamayev Kurgan memorial complex through which visitors pass before the final ascent to the Motherland Calls statue at the top of the hill. During the early stages of planning … Continue reading

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The Grain Elevator, Volgograd, Russia

The Grain Elevator is a huge grain storage silo that is located a few hundred yards from the Volga river bank, about 3 miles southwest of the centre of Volgograd. It has become one of the iconic landmarks of the … Continue reading

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