The early spring lasted. Little by little city was getting better after one of the stiffest battles that the land of the USSR has ever seen. City, which at the present time is called Volgograd (yeah, that’s exactly the place where the Mother Russia monument is located), but back then at times of the USSR it was called Stalingrad and was totally leveled by the German army during Battle for Stalingrad in 1942-1943. In 1947 the Cold War didn’t started yet, so the relations between 2 military allies, the USSR and the USA, allowed such “exchange” trips. In this article you will see lots of different things, most of them are really horrifying, but still, they belong to the history of the USSR and no one can blot them out.
Stalingrad-1 train station and people standing in the line and wanting to buy some tickets, either for them to get from this hell of a city out or for their relatives to come here and support them. In 1952 the train station was rebuilt and new station of incredible beauty was erected there. The new station was considered as one of the nicest stations in the whole Soviet Union.
Legendary monument of a fountain depicting children in a reeler. Some time after the waterworks was destroyed. On the photo it stands on the background of ruins of high-risers.
To the right you can see the stela erected in commemoration of heroes that were undertaking the defense of the city. It was risen up right away after the battle was over. To the left convoying lieutenant colonel guiding a group of American journalists where this very man from LIFE journal was.
A camel-drawn wagon. Of course, such a hot sight could not be overpassed by nosy correspondents.
On this shot you can easily see how bad the city was destroyed. No unhurt buildings at all.
Construction site. Only women working as there were too little men left alive after the battle.
German prisoners of the war.
And some other swell shots that were made by the hands of skilful American journalists:
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