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THE 75th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Stalingrad in 1943 was marked at Manchester’s cenotaph on Saturday.
The battle, which lasted 14 months, is seen as the turning point of the second world war, as the Soviet Union resisted the onslaught by nazi Germany’s invaders and turned the tide.
Tens of thousands of German prisoners were taken and Russia’s Red Army began its inexorable repulsion of the invaders. At Stalingrad the advance was halted, and turned into a hard-fought rout of the nazis. The cost to Russia of the nazi invasion was horrific — an estimated 23 million dead.
A small placard was displayed in Manchester on Saturday, stating: “We stand here to pay tribute to the memory to the brave Soviet defenders, armed forces and civilians, who withstood and smashed the might of the nazi war machine, suffering unimaginable hardship and horror. They will never be forgotten.”
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