Stalingrad Tractor Factory
|Historical Name of Location||Stalingrad, Stalingrad, Russia|
Contributor: C. Peter Chen
ww2dbaseThe Stalingrad Tractor Factory named for Dzerzhinsky in southern Russia was among the first major factories established by the Soviet Union when it began to modernize the country in the 1920s. The design of the plant was done by American architect Albert Kahn. Prior to the war, it produced both civilian and military products, but as the war continued, particularly after the German invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941, the plant became entirely a military factory, producing large numbers of T-34 tanks, Katusha rocket launching vehicles, among others. During the Battle of Stalingrad, fierce fighting took place in the grounds of this large factory. In 1961, a new wave of de-Stalinization renamed the city of Stalingrad to Volgograd, and it was accordingly renamed the Volgograd Tractor Factory. Today the site continues to produce heavy equipment for both the civilian and military markets.
Last Major Update: Oct 2013
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|4 Oct 1942||German XIV Panzer Korps attacked the Stalingrad Tractor Factory in Stalingrad, Russia.|
|14 Oct 1942||The German assault on the Stalingrad Tractor Factory in Stalingrad, Russia was aided by more than 2,000 sorties by aircraft of Luftflotte 4.|
|15 Oct 1942||German Stuka dive bombers of Luftflotte 4 flew 900 individual sorties against Soviet positions at the Stalingrad Tractor Factory in Stalingrad, Russia, wiping out several Soviet regiments.|
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