Volgograd, Russia the Old Stalingrad  

Sunday, June 8, 2014

A little info on the battle of Stalingrad.
it was one of the bloodiest battles in history, with combined military and civilian casualties of nearly 2 million. The fighting went street to street and floor to floor of buildings. Most people argue that this was the turning point in the war. After this battle, for the most part, the Germans were in retreat towards Germany.
Of the 110,000 Germans captured about 5,000 returned to Germany in 1955. Many of the Germans captured were made to help in the cleanup and rebuilding effort of Stalingrad.
After walking around a bit in the evening by my hotel to see if anything was going on I finally threw in the towel and went to bed. Woke up fairly early Sunday morning jumped on the bike and headed towards the center.
Found a place to park the bike that was fairly well centralized and started walking around.
I went to the diorama museum first. They had this train outside the museum that was interesting.
On the front of the Museum facing the Volga they had tanks and artillery and a plane.
One of the most interesting pieces they had was this tank that had been blown up.
the jewel of the Museum this building. The ruins of Grudinin mill is in the center of the complex. The mill was built in 1903. It is the only building left after bombing of Stalingrad. The ruins of the mill were left untouched as a monument to courage and heroism of the Soviet Union.
The museum wasnt open yet so I walked around. I thought I would beat the heat, which I did, but I damn sure didnt beat the bugs again!!! Ohh they were horrible I apologize if photos are blurry thats from me swatting at bugs while trying to take photos.
A statue along the street dedicated to the Komsomol defenders of Stalingrad. Three young people (a girl and two boys) suffer the death of their friend. The main idea of symbol can be the words: “Even death can`t overcome them”.
The Central Embankment this was a major place of battles here. Where much of the supplies and any of the evacuations that happened for the Soviet Union took place here. The loss of this bank would have likely meant a loss of the city.
One of the most famous fountains in the world. I didnt know this but it was torn down after the war and only rebuilt recently.
After walking around for a couple of hours I went back to the Diorama Museum to go inside and check it out.
Finally the museum was opened and I went inside. There was some stuff in English which was nice.
This was made to sit inside of the tank factory and electrical plant. They kept trying to produce tanks through out the battle. They made this steel container so during bombings the workers could hide
inside

M72
BMW R35
Vasily Zaytsev’s sniper rifle. He was made famous in the movie Enemy at the Gates.