Today is August 23, 1942 and the Germans have started bombing our city of Stalingrad.
Hello, my name is Ivan Stevrapolskii.
I am a soldier in the Soviet Army.
The Germans started bombing us with high intensity. Destroying our valuable targets and destroying a lot of our troops. They were hoping to take over the Volga river, which would have posed a valuable trade route.
Although the battle looked hopeless for us to win, we still fought to the best of our ability, killing hundreds of Wehrmacht troops.
The fighting went on for us and the Germans did not send troops to the city at first, although they bombarded the city with cannons.
Today, Joseph Stalin issued order No. 227, stating that we will not retreat, and if we do, then that would be considered tribunal, with a death penalty.
We must keep Stalingrad at all costs, not a step back!
Finally, after more than 5 months of fighting, reinforcements arrived, surrounding the German troops. We gave the German the option to surrender, but they refused ad so we stormed Stalingrad and captured it back.