Discover the history of Stalingrad on this small group tour. Originally founded in 1589 as the fortress Tsaritsyn, Volgograd is better known by its pre-1960s name of Stalingrad. The city played a pivotal but bloody role in defending Russia against the Germans during the Second World War and was awarded the title Hero City in 1945.
German plans to capture and gain control of the city of Stalingrad began in the summer of 1942 and by mid-November Soviet defenders had been pushed back into narrow zones along the west banks of the Volga River. The Red Army launched operation Uranus on 19 November1942 which targeted attacks on the weaker Romanian and Hungarian forces protecting the German 6th Army. Forces became overrun and on 23 November 1942 the Soviets captured Kalach and surrounded the German Army in Stalingrad. Hitler ordered the army to stay but after months of heavy fighting and with ammunition and food supplies exhausted, the German 6th Army surrendered at the beginning of February 1943.
The Battle of Stalingrad (August 23 1942 – February 2 1943) is among the bloodiest battles in the history of warfare and cost the lives of hundreds of thousands of German troops and even more Russians. In 1945, along with gaining Hero City status, Great Britain’s King George VI awarded the citizens of Stalingrad the jewelled Sword of Stalingrad in recognition of their bravery. Almost completely destroyed during the war, the construction of the modern city began in 1946.
Spend three full days discovering the key historic sites in Volgograd from The Battle of Stalingrad Museum - one of the world’s biggest WWII museums - to the memorial complex of Mamayev Kurgan, the Red October Factory and the last headquarters of the 6th German Army.
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