The Battle of Stalingrad Ceramic Chessmen.
The Battle of Stalingrad Ceramic Chessmen represent, in whimsical form, Adolf Hitler’s Nazi forces against the Red army of Josef Stalin in one of the turning points in the European theater of WWII. Each of the pieces is fabricated from a solid ceramic material and are holding rubber weapons and wearing rubber gear. The Kings stand an impressive 5-0″ tall with a 2-0″ diameter bases. The comical characters are colorfully hand-painted. Each of the pieces bear the “RN” factory mark. The chessmen play and display best on a chessboard with 2-1/2″ squares. The chessboard shown is not included, but a suitable board can be found here. The maker of the chess pieces has not yet been identified, nor is the year these were produced. The chessmen are as new.
Battle of Stalingrad Background.
The Battle of Stalingrad (23 August 1942 – 2 February 1943) was a major battle on the Eastern Front of World War II where Nazi Germany and its allies unsuccessfully fought the Soviet Union for control of the city of Stalingrad (later renamed Volgograd) in Southern Russia. The battle was marked by fierce close-quarters combat and direct assaults on civilians in air raids, with the battle epitomizing urban warfare. It was the bloodiest battle of the Second World War, with both sides suffering enormous casualties. Today, the Battle of Stalingrad is often regarded as the turning point in the European theatre of war,as it forced the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht (German High Command) to withdraw considerable military forces from other areas in occupied Europe to replace German losses on the Eastern Front, ending with the rout of the six field armies of Army Group B, including the destruction of Nazi Germany’s 6th Army and an entire corps of its 4th Panzer Army. The Soviet victory energized the Red Army and shifted the balance of power in the favour of the Soviets. (Courtesy of Wikipedia)