The Battle of Stalingrad
The German 6th Army arrived outside Stalingrad on 23 August 1942. On 17 September 1942, Luftwaffe reconnaissance showed German staging areas at Gumrack and Voroponovo Airfields outside the city which by then was under attack (Graphics 1 -3).
Luftwaffe Ju 88s could be seen providing ground support on the outskirts of the city (Graphic 4). On 10 October (Graphic 5) evidence of fighting was visible at the Red October Factory and at several locations to the northeast.
The 6th Army took the city but by mid-November it was surrounded. A Luftwaffe airlift kept the army supplied until 23 January when the last of three airfields (Stalingradskiy) was lost. By 28 January, the German units had been isolated in three pockets. On the 30th the main body of the 6th Army surrendered, but hose in the northern pocket held out for two more days.Luftwaffe reconnaissance captured the scene in and around the city on 28 January (Graphic 6) showing German and Soviet positions and the results of heavy bombardment. By 1 February, additional bombardment in and outside the northern pocket had taken place. Ten Soviet bombers were flying overhead, with evidence of recent airstrikes below (Graphic 7).
With the battle over, on 16 April 1943 derelict German aircraft and Soviet equipment could be seen in the vicinity of the airfield and rail station at Gumrack (Graphics 8 and 9).