Stalingrad - Pavlov's House

Stalingrad - Pavlov's House Russian Studies World War II Law and Politics

When Stalin issued his Order 227 - "Not One Step Back" - Yakov Pavlov took that command seriously. 

During the battle of Stalingrad, the young sergeant found himself in charge when his platoon (of the 13th Guards Rifle Division) was decimated by a German attack.

Together with surviving civilians in the building, Pavlov resisted one German assault after another.


A strategically important structure, "Pavlov's House" - as it became known - gave visual testament to the will of the Soviet military, and the residents of Stalingrad, as they refused to give-in to Hitler's forces.

Their refusal to give in finally paid-off when Soviet forces caused the German soldiers to surrender at Stalingrad in early 1943.

Some historians mark Germany's loss at Stalingrad as a turning-point in the war against Hitler.

Original Release: Dec 25, 2014

Updated Last Revision: Nov 27, 2016

Media Credits

Pavlov's House, in Stalingrad, as it appeared in 1943.  Photo maintained by the Russian State Military Archive.  Image online, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.


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