19 March 2012

Stalingrad why is it such a famous battle from WW2?

 There are a number of reasons why Stalingrad is still to this day a very famous battle that took place in WW2. It was crucial in stretching the Germans to breaking point, the Russians clung on to the city 
from the river side by pouring troops into a virtually ruined city. Hitler dug his heels in  against his top military peoples advice; they would not leave Stalingrad until the bitter end and ultimately defeat. Books, movies have recorded how Stalingrad played out and enlighted the public of the seige!
Two things that are associated with Stalingrad are Snipers and the cold weather. The city had so many snipers on both sides dug in movement around the buildings was almost impossible. Much of the movement was done at night or in tunnels under the ruined buildings. The weather meant many troops on both sides suffered, inadequet shelter, clothing and rations meant it was hell on earth, especially as the battle lasted for what seemed years.
The Germans initially had huge numbers in Stalingrad, over time the sheer amount of troops they needed to send there to keep pushing the Russians back came at a huge price and at the expense of weakening them on the Western front. The Russians had what is seemed millions of recruits to fill in the now growing death toll (1 million Russians died in Stalingrad with over 13,000 shot for deserting). Men, women and young boys it didn't matter the 'Zerg' was all important and in the end proved a key factor. The photo shows 62nd Stalingrad Army marching in Odessa.


  1. The soldiers are posing atop the round-cornered edifice of the apartment house for Canning Factory workers. The building, still standing, is less than a thousand meters northeast of the grain silos. Google Maps shows pedestrian level views of the building; even the ornamental urns are in place. Another view of these soldiers is on YouTube in a video "Battle for Stalingrad - Rare Photo's from the front."

  2. The building a block away is the apartment building for the Hydrolytic Plant workers. It has a nearly enclosed courtyard which is seen in a Russian newsreel. The building is also seen in the background of a film clip showing a long procession of prisoners after the Battle. The building is stil standing in 2015, just west of Barrikadnaya & Kozlovskaya.