World: Apartment 21-A

In Stalingrad the Germans claimed that they had finally taken the whole of the Red October airplane factory—"except one hangar." Marshal Timoshenko's counterattacks made meager progress, but in the city Red troops fought not only street by street but room by room.

On one of Stalingrad's best streets stood Apartment 21-A. It had had a corner sheered off by a German bomb, but Sub-Lieutenant Svetkov and a handful of grenadiers held the building for nine days. Barricades, trenches and machine guns were prepared to control the street intersection. At dawn twelve heavy German tanks, loaded with shocks troops, attacked. Hits from anti-tank...

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