“The city in south-west Russia was originally called Tsaritsyn until it was renamed after the communist leader in 1925.”
“The town, Tsaritsyn, offered all sorts of advantages.”
“But as Stalin had cut his teeth on the fighting around Tsaritsyn as Stalingrad was then called during the Civil War, he presumably did not feel in need of any military expertise.”
“Consequently, in the Civil War, both the Reds and the Whites had fought for possession of Tsaritsyn.”
“Given its position as the key city astride the southern leg of the great Russian river, Stalingrad, historic Tsaritsyn, was the key to the operation.”
“To wreck it all, you'd need a nuke or two great big armies fighting a no-holds-barred battle there — like, uh, Tsaritsyn in the War of the Three Emperors a hundred and fifty years ago.”
“In fact, he ` d been a complete disaster in the war against Poland, but he had played a role at Tsaritsyn when the Cossacks, on behalf of the Whites, had been attacking in that direction, towards what was now known (UNINTELLIGIBLE) as Stalingrad.”
“Its original name was Tsaritsyn, which means "the city on the Yellow River" in Tatar.”
“But we know just before November 11th, 1918, he'd been in the city that was then called Tsaritsyn.”
“Chuikov had been forced to move his headquarters out of the Tsaritsyn bunker to Matveyev-Kurgan, and with the central landing stage area neutralised, the garrison was now dependent on the factory ferries at the northern end of the town.”
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