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Russia in WW2
Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 3:15 pm
Russia remembers Stalingrad
By Euronews last updated: 02/02/2018
Russians commemorate the 75th anniversary of the bloody battle.
Russians have come together to remember Stalingrad, the bloodiest battle of the Second World War.
Now, on the 75th anniversary of its end, the only known living veteran of the combat is 91-year-old Valentina Shulgina.
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin attended a commemorative gala in the southern city, now named Volgograd.
"We are truly proud and will always be proud of everything that was done before our time. Standing on this foundation, we will move forward and only forward. We will be strong and honest. We will lead new generations and pass on the remarkable traditions of our great nation. [...] We will always be proud of your heroism. We will stand up for your great victories", he said.
Stalingrad proved to be a turning point that halted the Nazi advance in Russia, but at the expense of an estimated 1.1 million Soviet lives and those of 800,000 Nazi German and Romanian soldiers.
Re: Russia in WW2
Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 3:50 pm
Recommended short reading on this 75th anniversary of the battle of Stalingrad.
Stalingrad: the crushing of the Reich
Peter Caddick-Adams explains how the Soviet Union managed to inflict a decisive defeat on Hitler's forces in what would come to be known as the battle of Stalingrad
This article was first published in the February 2013 issue of BBC History Magazine
http://www.historyextra.com/period/seco ... the-reich/
From its foundation in the mid‑16th century, the old fortress town at the confluence of the Tsaritsa and Volga rivers has had three identities. Originally called Tsaritsyn and today labelled Volgograd, it was known for a mere 36 years (1925–61) by the name with which it will be eternally associated – Stalingrad.
The very name quickly became shorthand for the Nazi defeat in the east, and even at the time was considered a turning point of the Second World War, by all sides – Soviet and German included.
At the 70th anniversary of Stalingrad, the achievement of the Soviet people remains just as awe-inspiring. In 1941, Germany had nearly conquered European Russia, being checked and rolled back only at the gates of Moscow. In November 1941, Field Marshal Fedor von Bock had visited an artillery command post, from where he could see the winter sun glinting off the Soviet capital’s buildings through his field glasses, while two weeks later his men reached Kuntsevo, a western suburb of Moscow, before being repulsed.
Starting on 6 December and through the winter of 1941/42 the Soviets struck back in a series of counteroffensives, removing the German threat to Moscow, and making it clear that the eastern front was likely to become a long, attritional campaign.
Re: Russia in WW2
Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 3:53 pm
Time to watch "Enemy at the Gates" again.