The Battle of Stalingrad was the defense of the Soviet capital, Stalingrad. It was a long battle lasting July 17, 1942-February 2, 1943. It consisted of the Germans sixth army and the Soviets sixty-second army.
Soviets(red) and the Germans(blue) Map of the Battle
The German's main goal was to destroy Stalingrad and the Soviet Union. They believed that the Soviets were unprepared and it would be an easy take over; however, the Soviets were prepared and they had more than half of their military on the defense in Stalingrad.
After almost a year of battle, the Soviets were able to chase the Germans off. They were able to do this because of General Zhukov and his decision to circle around the German army and cut them off from everything. This made it easy for the troops in Stalingrad to advance on the German forces and win.
Newspaper exclaiming the Soviet Victory
The Battle of Stalingrad was the turning point of the entire war. The Germans had used almost all of there resources at Stalingrad because they believed that Stalingrad would be an easy target. After this, the Germans were on the defense for the rest of the war.
Allies(blue) surround Germany because they were on the defense
1077th Anti-Aircraft regiment
The 1077th Anti-Aircraft regiment was a force of Russian teenage women who volunteered to fight in the war. Their work was mainly known from Stalingrad, where many of the opposing and allied forces made statements of how powerful the force of these women were. One of these amazing things was when they struck down an advancing Panzer unit.
The 1077th Anti-Aircraft regiment consisted of all women and fought in Stalingrad.
The children statues
When the whole conflict was over the only memory of stalingrad that remained was the six dancing children. What was amazing was that after tanks and bombings that these children still remained with no damage. Later this would be remodeled and placed in the same location as a brighter and white version. Most likely to look like the original did before everything happened.
Dancing children statue after the battle.
Modern day Stalingrad
Today Stalingrad, now known as Volgograd, has mostly been been refurbished and returned to a mostly normal state. But the stains still remain there. Some of the original destruction still remains. Probably for remembrance of the battle or because of the crippling wages in Russia.