â€œI wanted to come to the Volga at a specific location at a specific city. By chance it carries the name of Stalin himself. So donâ€™t think I marched there for this reason â€“ it could carry another name â€“ but because there is a very important goal... this goal I wanted to take â€“ and you know â€“ we are very modest, we have it already."
Adolf Hitler, November 1942
"Comrades, Red Army men, commanders and political workers, men and women guerrillas! It is on your perseverance, staunchness, fighting skill and readiness to discharge your duty to the country that the defeat of the German-fascist army and the liberation of the Soviet land from the Hitlerite invaders depend! We can and must clear the Soviet land of Hitlerite vermin."
Joseph Stalin, November 1942