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German soldiers (wehrmacht/heer) walk through the rubble of the industrial district on their way to the frontlines, stalingrad, december, 1942. the factories of industrial discrict of stalingrad, now volvograd, would be the 6th army's choice for their last stand. they used whatever they could find to defend themselves, shrapnel, jagged pieces of metal from machinery, their entrancing tools, and the few weapons they had. it became a ferocious and hellish close quartered battle with soviet tanks busting through the walls, running over the unlucky few who could not move. then infantry would pull through the holes and the fighting amplified three fold. it was madness and i'm trying to describe it as best i can but i can't even put it into words but i'll try. just imagine being freezing cold, weak from dysentery and starvation, when you hear the soviets charging you yelling "oooraaahhhh!" you perk your head up and grab a piece of metal, fully aware this is where you will die. then, tanks smash through the walls and the screams of men being run over drown any other sound out. the infantry pores through and you stumble to avoid their bullets. you see a soviet soldier coming at you and you quickly bring him down with a boulder you picked up but then you go cold. you slowly look down and there is a bayonet through your chest. someone got you from behind, you slump to the ground and everything goes black. that was the reality hundreds faced in just the few hours of that final stand. i colorized this photograph myself and feedback is always appreciated!