The Battle of Stalingrad was the most brutal and bloodthirsty battle in human history. With our upcoming tour to Chechnya and Stalingrad, we decided to provide a proper look into this hellish fight between the Soviet Union and the Third Reich that claimed an estimated 1 million lives. Located on the banks of the Volga River, the Russian city of Volgograd is a quaint city with rolling parks. Whether dining in one of the many fine restaurants in the city, walking through its rolling parks or strolling along its rivers and canals, it’s easy to forget that in 1942 this was the site of the largest confrontation of WW2 and the most brutal battle mankind has ever witnessed. 2.2 million Soviet and Nazi soldiers fought in the Battle of Stalingrad. As the dust settled, 1.8-2 million had been killed, wounded or captured. The blood-spattered Soviet victory was arguably the beginning of the end of the Third Reich. Battered and defeated, the Wehrmacht staged a gruelling retreat to Berlin, harried all the way by the Red Army.