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Russia: Moscovites mark 73 years since Battle of Stalingrad victory01:54

Russia: Moscovites mark 73 years since Battle of Stalingrad victory

Russian Federation, Moscow
February 2, 2016 at 18:59 GMT +00:00 · Published

A memorial event was held in Moscow, Tuesday, to mark the 73rd anniversary of the Soviet victory in the Battle of Stalingrad.

Participants laid red carnations and wreaths at the Eternal flame in Alexander Gardens along the walls of the Kremlin to honour the Soviet troops who died in the battle. A military ceremony also accompanied the commemoration.

The Battle of Stalingrad proved pivotal to the outcome of the fight against Nazi Germany. The decimation and ultimate surrender of the German 6th Army under Field Marshal Friedrich Paulus on February 2, 1943 heralded a period of Soviet advances on Germany which led to the destruction of Hitler's Third Reich.

At least 478,000 Red Army soldiers lost their lives in the battle which lasted for around six months. Of the 91,000 Axis troops that surrendered only around 5,000-6,000 ever returned home.

Russia: Moscovites mark 73 years since Battle of Stalingrad victory01:54
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A memorial event was held in Moscow, Tuesday, to mark the 73rd anniversary of the Soviet victory in the Battle of Stalingrad.

Participants laid red carnations and wreaths at the Eternal flame in Alexander Gardens along the walls of the Kremlin to honour the Soviet troops who died in the battle. A military ceremony also accompanied the commemoration.

The Battle of Stalingrad proved pivotal to the outcome of the fight against Nazi Germany. The decimation and ultimate surrender of the German 6th Army under Field Marshal Friedrich Paulus on February 2, 1943 heralded a period of Soviet advances on Germany which led to the destruction of Hitler's Third Reich.

At least 478,000 Red Army soldiers lost their lives in the battle which lasted for around six months. Of the 91,000 Axis troops that surrendered only around 5,000-6,000 ever returned home.