2438 STALINGRAD DEFENDERS MOVE FORWARD ALONG ANOTHER LIBERATED STREET On August 23,1942, the Germans struck their first blow at Stalingrad with a i,ooo-plane air assault. Four days later Hitler declared: 1 The fight for the mighty Bolshevik bastion of Stalingrad has begun. Stalingrad will fall.’ For weeks von Hoth’s men raged at the city’s approaches, but General Chuykov’s 62nd Army held fast. From October 14-16 the final and most savage battle was fought. The Germans were halted, and later encircled and annihilated. Red Army reinforcements are here passing through a battle-scarred street on their way to the defence lines.
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