A fellow postcrosser from Russia sent me this Мамаев Курган postcard. Thanks Alexi! According to her: “This is a memorial complex dedicated to the defeat of Axis forces in Stalingrad. The battle, which is considered one of the bloodest battle in human history.
“Мамаев Курган” or Mamayev Kurgan is a dominant height overlooking the city of Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad) in Southern Russia. The name in Russian means “tumulus of Mamai”.
The original Mamayev Kurgan was a Tartar burial mound 102 metres high. The current formation is dominated by a memorial complex commemorating the Battle of Stalingrad (August 1942 to February 1943). The battle was a decisive Soviet victory over Axis forces on the Eastern front of World War II and arguably the bloodiest battle in human history. At the time of its installation in 1967 the statue named The Motherland Calls formed the largest free-standing sculpture in the world.