1. National

Russia's Stalingrad anniversary

Russia will mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Stalingrad today with a military parade. The epic battle on the banks of the Volga River marked a key turning point of the Second World War.

View all 4 updates ›

Fact file: The Battle of Stalingrad

  • The Battle of Stalingrad, one of the most famous battles of the Second World War, came to an end on February 2 1943.
  • During the battle the Red Army successfully fought and encircled the Nazi onslaught, capturing more than 100,000 German soldiers in fierce street fighting.
  • The battle was among the bloodiest in history with nearly two million people losing their lives.
  • The Southern Russian city, now known as Volgograd, will once again be known as Stalingrad today to commemorate the victory.
  • The city was renamed in 1961 as part of the Soviet Union's rejection of former dictator Josef Stalin's personality cult.
  • Russia will mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the battle with a schedule of events held around the country.

More top news