February 2, 2024
81st Anniversary of Victory at Stalingrad
Commemorations of Stalingrad Victory in Russia
On February 2, at the memorial complex on the promontory of Mamayev Kurgan in Volgograd, the 81st anniversary of Soviet victory at Stalingrad will be marked by the laying of wreaths and flowers at the Eternal Flame in the Hall of Military Glory, at the graves of the soldiers and at the grave of Marshal of the Soviet Union V.I. Chuikov, who led the defence of Stalingrad. An artillery salute will be held at noon.
The Panorama Museum “Battle of Stalingrad” in Volgograd on February 2 opens its exhibition “A Soldier Walked, Not Knowing the Obstacles…” showing the every day conditions of the life of Soviet Red Amy soldiers on the front lines. At the Battle of Stalingrad Museum-Reserve, also in Volgograd, the exhibition “Stalingrad on the Front Page” opens, to show how the battle was reflected on the pages of the Soviet and foreign press. The photo-documentary exhibition project “Donbass Soldiers – Heroes of Stalingrad,” prepared by employees of the Donetsk Republican Museum of Local Lore, is also being unveiled to mark the anniversary. It is dedicated to those residents of the region who defended Stalingrad.
On January 31, the Battle of Stalingrad Museum-Reserve hosted a historical reenactment showing the capture of the headquarters of the German 6th Army and its commander, Field Marshal Friedrich Paulus. The reenactment was carried out by a local military-historical club and conveyed the details of this event based on an in-depth study of documents and memories of its participants.
In Serafimovich, Volgograd District, on the south bank of the Volga River, 200 kilometres to the northeast of the city of Volgograd, a monument entitled “Frontier of Stalingrad Valour” was unveiled on January 30. During the Battle of Stalingrad, Serafimovich, among other settlements, found itself at the epicentre of the fight against the Nazi aggressors. In July 1942, the troops of the 38th Army of the Stalingrad Front heroically held the defence along the eastern bank of the Don at the line of Serafimovich and Kletskaya, holding back the enemy’s advance towards Stalingrad. In November 1942, a counteroffensive of Soviet troops, the strike force of the Southwestern Front, began from bridgeheads southwest of Serafimovich and the Kletskaya area.
The event was attended by representatives of veteran and youth patriotic organizations, local residents, as well as Alexey Dementyev, Director of the Battle of Stalingrad Museum-Reserve.
Virtual Memorial and Museum
The Battle of Stalingrad Museum-Reserve has produced two virtual tours to commemorate the Battle of Stalingrad, which are posted below.
Although the tours are only available in Russian, the contents of the website of the State Historical and Memorial Museum-Reserve “Battle of Stalingrad” are available in Russian, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Chinese: stalingrad-battle.ru
The tours are navigated by clicking on the yellow dots. At any point, the view can be changed in any direction by clicking and dragging the screen. Each tour is also divided into sections, which can be reached directly via the dropdown menu at the top left. The controls at the bottom toggle the music and fullscreen view.
Mamayev Kurgan Historical and Memorial Complex
Panorama Museum “Battle of Stalingrad”