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Bombed and riddled from the sky,
Strafed and battered on the ground,
Prepared to hold their land or die,
Zhukov's fearless words resound--
To the eager world revealed
That while a man stood in the field
Stalingrad would never yield.

Pounded by the German guns,
Blackened by the flames of hell,
Charged by half a million Huns,
Their task the Germans to repell,
Brave men of the Soviet
Faced the tank with bayonet,
Gave their lives without regret.

The beleaguered city held
In the wintry ice and snow,
And the German hordes repelled.
Beaten by the counter blow,
Hitler's finest, most elite,
Starved and frozen in retreat,
Staggered westward in defeat.

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