Mamayev Kurgan

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”.[1]
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.[2] At the time of its installation in 1967 the statue named The Motherland Calls formed the largest free-standing sculpture in the world.

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