The day will begin with a visit to Southern Volgograd and the Grain Silo, following the advance of General Hoth’s Panzer Korps into the southern outskirts of the city, and the Soviet defence, as they fell back from the Kalmyk steppe.
Here we see the Silo itself, and the memorial to the Soviet Marines who checked the German advance. We will also examine the fighting around the Tsaritsa Gorge, as the Germans attacked to reach the banks of the Volga.
We then visit the Factory district, scene of very heavy fighting in the Industrial area. We will visit the area of the famous Red October Plant, Barrikady Gun Factory and the Dzerzhinsky Tractor works, looking at the Kovaleva Memorial, the famous Lyudnikovs Island, and the so-called Island of Fire, including the original command post of the 138th Rifle Division and T34 Tank defence line memorials, plus the Chelyabinsk Kolkhozik.
This is followed by a visit to the wonderful Panorama Museum of the Battle of Stalingrad and the nearby Grudinin Mill, one of the surviving original buildings, before moving on to one of the other famous surviving urban Battle locations at Pavlov’s House, which the Russians defended for 58 days.
The day ends with a visit to the Rossoshka Memorial, and the Reconciliation Cemetery and Museum Complex, which includes a visit to the Russian and German cemeteries that are situated on the Battlefield to the west of the city.
- Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner