Red Army soldiers clean their weapons during the Battle of Stalingrad, 1941.
The city of Volgograd, formally Stalingrad, was the scene of the largest battle of World War II on the Eastern Front. The Battle of Stalingrad between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union has often been referred to as one of the bloodiest battles in the history of warfare, with around two million people losing their lives and is often cited as one of the major turning points of the war.
Today the city of Volgograd is unrecognizable from its pre-war incarnation, following the devastation wrought throughout the epic battle. There are only two original buildings still standing, an old apartment building known as Pavlov’s house and the decrepit grain silo.
The old mill is situated next to the Stalingrad Panorama-museum and stands as a testament to the bravery of the Soviet soldiers who so determinedly defended their besieged city. Built in 1903, ironically by a German, the ruined five-story silo is riddled throughout with mortar and bullet holes.
Battle of Stalingrad (Сталингра́дская би́тва)
One of my favorite line… ;)