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Factory Stalingrad 1

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After Action Report

Date: Oct, 1942
Location: Areas around the Red October factory, Stalingrad

Elements of the 193rd Rifle Division moved up in the evening to reinforce positions held by local factory militia. Work parties were formed to strengthen the defenses around one of the key factory buildings and set up a command headquarters.
As night fell, patrols were sent out and sentries were posted. One of our patrols encountered a German scout, who was then brought back to command HQ and interrogated. It took little effort to get the battle weary scout to confess information regarding a major German offensive. By this time, the German army had moved to within one fourth of a mile of Soviet positions and were to attack at dawn the next day. Their goal was to eliminate Soviet resistance in this section of the factory and open the road to German tanks and supply vehicles. The men slept restlessly in their positions as the temperatures dropped below freezing and the sky filled with the light of German flares. Soviet reinforcements continued to arrive throughout the night.
In the early hours of the morning, a heavy fog crept in off the Volga river. The main Army force in the area was formed up, given extra ammunition and rations, and sent to man assigned defensive positions. The front line of defense was held by members of the Red October and Barrikody factory militias. The 193rd moved up to a trench line 100 yards behind the factory militia positions. The main Russian force took up fortified positions inside and around the factory building.
The German offensive began with an artillery bombardment and an attack on the militia positions. The militia fought bravely but were unable to hold off an overwhelming number of attackers. Soldiers from the 193rd provided covering fire as militia members withdrew to the trench line. The defense of the trench line began taking heavy casualties from sniper fire and continued artillery bombardment. Both units withdrew from the trench line in order to draw German units into a devastating field of fire around the factory grounds.
Frontal assaults proved futile as the road was defended by a well entrenched Soviet heavy machine gun position. Those who were not cut down by heavy machine gun fire and made it close to the main courtyard were met with rifle and submachine gun crossfire. Flanking attacks on the machine gun position were continuously held off. Across the factory yard, a second German attack was bottlenecked through a small alleyway and held off by Soviet Riflemen. After realizing that a frontal assault through the alleyway was futile, German snipers began taking their toll on the defense of the courtyard. After an hour under sustained artillery bombardment and rifle fire, the Soviet machine gun position fell silent. Every man and woman defending the courtyard fought to the last bullet and held off the German assault long enough for reinforcements to arrive from the far side of the factory. As survivors were pushed back through the main building to the rear line of defense, a counter attack was planned. The fog began to lift, and the scale of human destruction became apparent.
While the remainder of the factory’s defense coupled with reinforcements from the 193rd’s 883rd regiment prepared to retake the factory, German forces began to move light artillery and squad operated machine guns into the factory grounds. With the support of Soviet motorized rifles, a counterattack was made on the courtyard but was repelled by devastating artillery, machine gun, and rifle grenade fire. Further counterattacks proved futile and both sides entered into a stalemate. The silence was only broken by sporadic sniper and controlled rifle fire from both sides.
Two squads of Soviet riflemen began slowly making their way along the perimeter behind the cover of earthen embankments and heavy debris. The Germans soon realized they were surrounded. Facing fire from all sides, they began to move into the factory. Soviet infantry was able to advance back into the factory grounds and push the enemy out in bitter room to room fighting. Those Germans who were able to escape reformed near their positions prior to the assault earlier in the morning. Soviet riflemen moved up to the first line of defense held by factory militia earlier that day. Here they engaged in heavy fighting where they fought tooth and nail in an effort to further push back the German line. Those pursuing the German retreat found themselves down to their last bullets and were soon facing the threat of a second German attack. In an effort to stifle another attack and buy forces around the factory more time, the front line soviet defense launched a bayonet charge. Those who ran out of ammunition fought with anything they had to include knives, shovels, and sticks. One comrade distinguished himself by stabbing the eyes of his opponent with a spoon before being overcome in hand to hand combat. After this second counter attack, both sides enetered into another stalemate and began to regroup for another day of fighting. Gunfire could be heard as other sections of the Russian line continued to fight through the night.
This was only a glimpse into the hardships endured by both sides during the battle of Stalingrad.

As a unit it was our duty to honor those who fought and died defending a land they held sacred.
Every 193rd member who took the field brought their best 1942 impressions and distinguished themselves many times in combat.

Special thanks to Sarah and Jeff who hosted an amazing event. Through tedious planning and hard work they went above and beyond simply hosting a reenactment.
Phil Zimmer did a great job documenting our glorious defense of the factory and went out of his way to make sure we were fed on Friday night.
Amanda ensured that there would be professional grade photographs of our unit as well. She also distinguished herself as a sharpshooter and held out to the last bullet in the defense of the courtyard.
As well as proving himself in combat, comrade Caldwell was pivotal in helping to build the Soviet headquarters and defenses.
After being shot through the leg by a sniper, Scott bravely refused to be evacuated across the Volga to a field hospital. Though he could barely walk, he insisted that the manpower could be used elsewhere and remained to defend the interior of the factory.
Comrades Spencer and Chris both fought bravely as we counter attacked during our last battle. After dispatching a fascist with only his spoon, Chris gets the best kill of the day award for this event.

Hopefully everyone enjoyed themselves and we can boost unit attendance for this event.

I look forward to seeing you all next year!


Arthur Gibbs, Lt.



– Photos in from the front –

За Родину
Our forces advance to retake the factory!
The fighting is fierce.
Positions are held.

A dash to close the gap!

Factory Stalingrad 4

The battle continues…

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Unit Information:

193rd command is…

T. Linder, Capt. – Honorary CO – Order of Alexander Nevsky

W. Gibbs, Capt. – CO

J. Niemiec, Sr. Lt. – XO – Vice President

J. Pepper, Starshina – Sr. NCO


Y. Drukarov, Lt. – President

S. Erickson – Secretary

B. Oppenhagen Jr. Sgt. – Treasurer

C. Oppenhagen – Memberships



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Uniforms and Equipment

Authenticity and Accuracy are held in high regard.  Yes, you will see a mix of uniforms and equipment from time to time but this has been carefully considered.  We have a list of approved vendors, including those amongst us, so don’t go running out and buying the first thing you see without doing your research and checking with one of us first.  You don’t want to waste your money on something you can’t use and can’t return.  Yes, even some of us still make mistakes but it’s rare!

The Language of Russia and the Republics

You need not be fluent but it would help for you to learn the basic commands of drill and the field.  Not to worry, you will be permitted time to learn.  This is an ongoing project with us as well.  It helps to build the impression and fosters greater unity among us.  Some of our members are from the former USSR.  They are most helpful and always willing to lend you a hand.  If you speak German or any other central or eastern European language, we may use you as a translator.


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