Monument to Vasily Chuikov

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The Statue of Vasily Chuikov, Marshal of the Soviet Union and two-time Hero of the Soviet Union, is located on the street named in his honor, not far from the Battle of Stalingrad Museum. This location was not a random choice. During the Battle of Stalingrad the 62nd Army defended the embankment and central part of the city under the command of Lieutenant General Chuikov. The 62nd Army's line of defense was positioned along what is now Ulitsa Marshala Chuikova (Marshala Chuikova Street). There was particularly fierce fighting for access to the Volga here. Lieutenant General Chuikov was ordered to command the front and to defend Stalingrad at all costs. High hopes were vested in Chuikov. The decisive and determined lieutenant general with an extraordinary operative outlook and high sense of responsibility carried out the orders bestowed upon him.

It was here in Stalingrad that Lieutenant General Chuikov introduced close-in fighting tactics. His name is associated with the emergence of special storm assault groups that conduct attacks unpredictable to the opponent. This lead to Vasily Chuikov being known as "General Storm". He used this experience during the capture of Berlin.

After the war Chuikov became the chief military advisor in the construction of the Heroes of the Battle of Stalingrad memorial on Mamayev Kurgan. He was interned at Ploschad Skorbi (Skorbi Square) on Mamayev Kurgan.

The statue of Marshal Chuikov is the work of his son, sculptor Alexander Chuikov. It was unveiled on May 7, 1990 on the eve of the 45th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War. The monolithic commander faces the Volga, beyond which there was no land for his soldiers during the Battle of Stalingrad. Around the statue are several rows of bricks that symbolize the urban combat assault group of the 62nd Army along with several of his memoirs, "There is a city in vast Russia that has my heart. It has entered history as Stalingrad."