Volgograd in History

Historical Events

  • 1918-10-18 Russian 10th Army drives out White armies of Tsaritsyn (Stalingrad)
  • 1925-04-10 Tsaritsyn re-named Stalingrad (now Volgograd)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1942-07-23 Adolf Hitler's Directive number 45: order for army to advance on Stalingrad

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1942-08-04 Colonel general Jeremenko arrives in Stalingrad and welcomed by Nikita Khrushchev

Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet First Secretary
Nikita Khrushchev

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1942-08-19 World War II: General Friedrich Paulus orders the German 6th Army to conquer Stalingrad

German Field Marshal Friedrich Paulus
German Field Marshal
Friedrich Paulus
  • 1942-08-23 Battle of Stalingrad: 600 Luftwaffe planes bomb Stalingrad (40,000 die)
  • 1942-09-02 German troops enter Stalingrad
  • 1942-09-13 German forces attack Stalingrad
  • 1942-09-14 German troops occupy train station Stalingrad-1
  • 1942-09-23 Soviet counter offensive at Stalingrad
  • 1942-09-27 Heavy German assault in Stalingrad
  • 1942-09-28 Luftwaffe bombs Stalingrad
  • 1942-10-04 German assault on Tractor factory in Stalingrad
  • 1942-10-07 1 salvo Katjoesja-rocket destroys Nazi battalion in Stalingrad
  • 1942-10-23 German units go through Red October-factory in Stalingrad
  • 1942-11-08 Adolf Hitler proclaims fall of Stalingrad from Munich beer hall

  • 1942-11-11 -12] last German offensive in Stalingrad
  • 1942-11-19 Operation Uranus: Soviet offensive begins during Battle of Stalingrad, 1 million Soviet soldiers encircle the German Sixth Army
  • 1942-11-23 German 4th & 6th Army surrounded at Stalingrad
  • 1942-12-12 German offensive in South Western Stalingrad
  • 1942-12-25 Soviet artillery and tank battle on German armies at Stalingrad
  • 1943-01-10 Soviet offensive against German 6th and 4th Armies near Stalingrad
  • 1943-01-16 Red Army recaptures Pitomnik airport at Stalingrad
  • 1943-01-21 Soviet forces reconquer Gumrak airport near Stalingrad
  • 1943-01-24 Adolf Hitler orders German troops at Stalingrad to fight to the death

Battle of InterestNazi General Friedrich Paulus Surrenders

1943-01-31 Field Marshal Friedrich Paulus surrenders to Soviet troops at Stalingrad
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German field marshal Friedrich Paulus, the highest-ranking German officer to surrender during World War II
German field marshal Friedrich Paulus, the highest-ranking German officer to surrender during World War II
  • 1943-02-02 German 6th Army surrenders after Battle of Stalingrad in a major turning point in Europe during World War II
  • 1961-11-11 Stalingrad renamed Volgograd

RussiaThe Motherland Calls

1967-10-15 The Motherland Calls, a monumental statue commemorating the battle of Stalingrad completed in Volgograd, Russia, then the World's tallest statue designed by Yevgeny Vuchetich
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The Motherland Calls statue in Volvograd, Russia
The Motherland Calls statue in Volvograd, Russia
  • 2013-12-29 16 people are killed and 40 are wounded by a suicide bomb attack at┬áVolgograd-1 railway station, Russia

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestFriedrich Paulus

1890-09-23 Friedrich Paulus, German field marshal who commanded the 6th Army at Stalingrad and was the highest-ranking German officer to surrender, born in Guxhagen, Germany (d. 1957)

German Field Marshal Friedrich Paulus
German Field Marshal
Friedrich Paulus
  • 1892-02-17 Theodor Plievier, German writer (Des Kaisers Kulis, Stalingrad)

Person of interestGeorgy Zhukov

1896-12-01 Georgy Zhukov, Russian deputy commander-in-chief of the Red Army during WWII (Battles of Stalingrad, Kursk and Berlin) and Minister of Defense, born in Strelkovka, Kaluga (d. 1974)

Marshal of the Soviet Union Georgy Zhukov
Marshal of the Soviet Union
Georgy Zhukov
  • 1911-06-17 Viktor Nekrasov, Ukrainian architect and author (Vokopach Stalingrada), born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 1987)
  • 1929-11-09 Alexandra Nikolayevna Pakhmutova, Russian composer, born in Volgograd, Russia
  • 1937-03-17 Galina Samsova, Russian ballerina, born in Stalingrad, Soviet Union
  • 1982-06-03 Yelena Isinbayeva, Russian pole vaulter (Olympic gold 2004, 08), born in Volgograd, Russia

Famous Deaths


Person of interestFriedrich Paulus

1957-02-01 Friedrich Paulus, German field marshal who commanded the 6th Army at Stalingrad and was the highest-ranking German officer to surrender, dies at 66

German Field Marshal Friedrich Paulus
German Field Marshal
Friedrich Paulus

Person of interestGeorgy Zhukov

1974-06-18 Georgy Zhukov, Russian deputy commander-in-chief of the Red Army during WWII (Battles of Stalingrad, Kursk and Berlin) and Minister of Defense, dies at 77

Marshal of the Soviet Union Georgy Zhukov
Marshal of the Soviet Union
Georgy Zhukov
  • 1987-09-03 Vokopach Stalingrada/Kira Georgijevna, dies at 76