During this tour you will visit the factory area of northern part of Stalingrad. This is made up of three factories: the Red October factory, the Barrikady gun factory and the Tractor Plant. The final German attack in this area was followed by the Russian counter-attack in November 1942.
On the main square of the Tractor factory you will see the monument to the founder NKVD Felix Dzerzhinsky and also the last legendary T-34 tank which was manufactured here.
Near the Red October Factory you will see the defense line which nowadays marked with 19 tank turrets in the city. All this makes clear how close were the Germans to the Volga.
On the right bank of Volga river behind the Barrikady Gun factory you will find a small lot of land (700 m in the length and 400 m in the width). The 138-th Division under the command of general-colonel Lyudnikov had been defending this lot from November, 11 till December, 21, 1942 for 40 days. Soviet soldiers didn`t give the Nazi troops any chance to capture it. The division within 40 days was surrounded by the enemy from three sides and from the fourth side by Volga river. So this little scrap of land, 700 meters wide and 400 meters in depth, entered the history of the Battle of Stalingrad as Lyudnikov's Island. The whole story is incredible but true. The ruins of the divisional command post still remain behind the Barrikady Gun factory.
Today on the Lyudnikov Island there is a memorial complex. In 1955 a column with a bronze plate was erected here. You can read such an inscription: “In November – December 1942 the front line of defence of the 138-th Division under the command of general-colonel Lyudnikov was here. Division rejected all enemies attacks and took part in defeat of the German troops at Stalingrad.
There are three common graves where buried more then thousand Soviet soldiers.