The Sword of Stalingrad

The Sword of Stalingrad
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The battle of Stalingrad, during which the entire world was waiting for news with bated breath, left strong emotions in the hearts and minds of Anti-Nazi allies. These were emotions of admiration and gratitude, because the victory at Stalingrad meant, in fact, the beginning of the end of Hitler’s Germany. The sword of Stalingrad was forged by order of the British king George VI, who personally supervised all stages of the creation of this symbolic weapon.

The sword was forged by the design of Mr. Glidow, an Oxford Professor, and its production was supervised by nine experts from the Goldsmiths guild of Great Britain. Forging the sword was entrusted to the British company “Wilkinson Sword” and forging the blade, which was immediately destined to become a legend, to one of the most honorable blacksmiths of Great Britain at that time – Tom Bates. It took about three months to make the sword.

George VI handed the sword to Churchill, that ultimately gave it to Stalin on 29 November 1943, during the Tehran conference.

The presentation took place on the territory of the Soviet Embassy, and in addition to Stalin, Churchill and others, US President Roosevelt was also present at the presentation. The Sword of Stalingrad is two-handed, its total length is 122 cm, the length of the blade itself is 91.4 cm. The cross-section of the sword has an unusual shape of a biconvex lens. This unconventional form was required to make acid etched inscriptions on both sides of the blade. One such inscription was in in English, the other in Russian.

The sword forged in the typical style for weapons of the XV-XVI centuries, is rich in ornament. Before being presented to Stalin, the sword was displayed with religious honors in several churches in Great Britain, including Westminster Abbey. The sword company also produced three copies of this sword. Over the following years, the sword returned to the UK three times to participate in various exhibitions.

As it was initially envisioned, the Sword of Stalingrad became a famous symbol of the victory of the Soviet people against the Nazi Germany in Stalingrad during the Second World War.

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