Volgograd in History

Historical Events

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

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

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

  • 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
  • 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

The 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

  • 2013-12-29 16 people are killed and 40 are wounded by a suicide bomb attack at┬áVolgograd-1 railway station, Russia

Famous Birthdays

Friedrich PaulusFriedrich Paulus (1890-1957)

1890-09-23 German field marshal who commanded the 6th Army at Stalingrad and was the highest-ranking German officer to surrender, born in Guxhagen, Germany

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

Georgy ZhukovGeorgy Zhukov (1896-1974)

1896-12-01 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

  • 1911-06-17 Viktor Nekrasov, Ukrainian journalist and novelist (V okopakh Stalingrada - Front-line Stalingrad; Kira Georgijevna), born in Kyiv, Ukraine (d. 1987)
  • 1929-11-09 Alexandra Nikolayevna Pakhmutova, Russian classical and popular music composer (Trumpet Concerto), born in Volgograd, Russia
  • 1937-03-17 Galina Samsova, Russian ballerina, born in Stalingrad, Soviet Union
  • 1982-06-03 Yelena Isinbayeva, Russian athlete (Olympic gold pole vault 2004, 08; WR 5.06 2009; World C'ship gold 2005, 07, 13), born in Volgograd, Russia

Famous Deaths

Friedrich PaulusFriedrich Paulus (1890-1957)

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

Georgy ZhukovGeorgy Zhukov (1896-1974)

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