Pavlov's House became the name of a well-defended apartment building during the Battle of Stalingrad in 1942-1943. It gained its popular name from Sergeant Yakov Pavlov, who commanded the platoon which first seized the building and which kept defending it throughout the battle.
The building The house was a four-story building in the city centre of Stalingrad, built parallel to the embankment of the river Volga and overseeing a large square, the "9th January Square". The house was attacked by the German invaders in September 1942. A platoon of the 13th Guards Division was ordered to seize and defend it. The platoon was commanded by Yakov Pavlov, a junior commander replacing his wounded superior. They were successful, although only four men survived the combat. Together they went on defending the building on their own. After several days, reinforcements finally arrived, equipping the defenders with machine-guns, anti-tank rifles and mortars. The men, now a garrison of twenty-five, surrounded the building with barbed wire and minefields, and established anti-tank and machine-gun posts at the windows. For better internal communications and supplies they breached the walls in the basement and upper floors, and dug a communications trench to Soviet positions outside. Supplies were brought in via the trench or by boats crossing the river, defying German air raids and shelling.
Nevertheless food and especially water was in short supply. Lacking beds, the soldiers tried to sleep on insulation wool torn off pipes, yet usually the Germans kept shooting at the house with deafening machine-gun fire day and night. The Germans attacked the building several times a day. Each time German infantry or tanks tried to cross the square and to close in on the house, Pavlov's men took them under heavy fire from within the basement, from the windows and from the roof top. Leaving behind a square covered with corpses and steel, the Germans had to retreat again.
Eventually the defenders, as well as the Russian civilians who kept living in the basement all that time, held out during intensive fighting from 23 September until 25 November 1942, when they were relieved by counter-attacking Soviet forces.
Man, few things are cooler than when you recognize in game locations from seeing 70 year old photos. TW really did a good job with that. The photo from Fallen FIghter square just screams "Nazi spawn" when I look at it.
wow this is very cool. The devs did an amazing job recreating these maps from real footage. I'm most impressed with the Pavlovs house pics. I had no idea that they matched these with real footage. I just thought they did that for fallenfighters and grain elevator.
Aerial view (the two buildings -also the small one in the plazt :O):
Theroically this is another bulding of the map (mill) -I suposse- and actually is part of Pavlov's House battle memorial, but is not the Pavlov house as I can read (any volgograder can confirm? ) I think is a bit strange because this one is refered many times to the battle but I see the Volga so near no?