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According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, the siege of Stalingrad, which began in August 1942 and ended on January 30, 1943, spurred Columbia to rush the completion of this picture. St. Petersburg was the old pre-war name for the city of Stalingrad. The picture ends with the following written tribute from Lt. General Brehon Somervell, the Chief of U.S. Army Supply: "I can sum up Russia in one word. It stands for heroism, for valiant self sacrifice, for devotion, for the most gallant qualities a man can possess. The word is Stalingrad."