World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF RUSSIA: Fight for Factories

Straight from battle Russian tanks lurched into the great Dzerzhinsky tractor plant for repairs, rumbled out again next morning to rejoin the fight. The Red October and Red Barricade plants kept grinding out guns and ammunition despite fire and bomb. Sprawling along the Volga in northern Stalingrad, the three plants were keystones to the city's defense—forts no less than arsenals. As the siege neared its 60th day, fighting focused on those factories.

The Nazis opened a new attack with an air bombardment. All of the Red Barricade plant, "a spectacle of utter chaos," was captured, said a German communiqué. The Spartakovka...

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