The Sword of Stalingrad
The Sword of Stalingrad is in the photo.
It's a gift from King George VI of the United Kingdom as a token of homage from the British people to the Soviet defenders of the city during the Battle of Stalingrad. On 29 November 1943 it was presented to Marshal Joseph Stalin by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
The sword is a double-edged, two-handed longsword, approximately four feet long, with a solid-silver crossguard. The acid-etched inscription in Russian and English reads:
"ГРАЖДАНАМ СТАЛИНГРАДА • КРЕПКИМ КАК СТАЛЬ • ОТ КОРОЛЯ ГЕОРГА VI • В ЗНАК ГЛУБОКОГО ВОСХИЩЕНИЯ БРИТАНСКОГО НАРОДА"
"TO THE STEEL-HEARTED CITIZENS OF STALINGRAD • THE GIFT OF KING GEORGE VI • IN TOKEN OF THE HOMAGE OF THE BRITISH PEOPLE"
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08-10-2015 06:19 AM
I wonder if anyone from Stalingrad ever got to See the sword. Hard to say, with dear old "Papa Joseph"...
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After it was presented by Churchill to Stalin, Uncle Joe passed it to Voroshilov who dropped it.....
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A photo that I took of the sword in May this year on display in Volgograd (Stalingrad).