Thursday, August 23, 2012

Aug

23

1942

Black Sunday in Stalingrad

The bombing of Stalingrad in began on the 23rd August 1942 - the Soviet airforce was relatively weak and the block by block destruction was largely unopposed.

After ten minutes the sun was blocked out; everything was covered in smoke and dust. The ground beneath my feet was shaking. There was a continuous roaring on all sides, and fragments of bombs and broken stone were falling from the sky. It went on like this until darkness fell. The voice from the 1oud~speaker was still saying: ‘Citizens, the air-raid warning is still in effect!’