was also confused about the railway loop north of Orlovka. Most maps show it, but not all. Next question is, if there was a rail ferry or not. I put in on the map because i think it is better to have the options in a scenario. I also put the Beketovka air base on the map to have more options for any kind of scenario (historic or not)...or to help the AI. Next thing i was confused about was the city of Rynok (i don't even know the correct spelling). I did not find much information about the city at all. Today is seems to be a part of Volgograd. I read some german lines about fighting in Rynok and it sounded like ot was some kind of industrial city.
As for the Volga-Don Canal, the only reason I noticed a mistake was that I myself made a map of the area southeast of Stalingrad - Salsk (I hope to finish it soon and post it) - where the 4th Panzer Group was advancing, and of course I placed the Сannel.
But then I remembered that in my childhood I just sailed there on a ship during a cruise to Moscow and there was definitely post-war architecture.
As for the Rynok - Orlovka area, according to the official map of the Red Army from 1940 http://retromap.ru/14194016_z12_48.829130,44.704742
- there are no bridges there.
Moreover, in Stalingrad itself there were no bridges over the Volga at all. Ferry crossings only.
Although the German map of 1942 - http://retromap.ru/14194222_z12_48.825514,44.650154
shows the crossing (???) between Rynok and Vinovka, while on the Soviet 1941 there is nothing, and there are not even railway tracks on the eastern bank of the Volga in this district.
In general, this is what I managed to collect - yes, in the Stalingrad region, there was not a single bridge over the Volga at all
. Ferry crossings only. Between Rynok and Orlovka, near the village of Latashinka (Latoshanka), there was a railway ferry crossing.
According the German report - "...The village itself Latashanka (this name on the map) is located among dense orchards and vineyards in a strip 1 km wide and 2 km long, with a large number of summer cottages, which can also be used for the deployment of troops. A stepped descent 25 meters deep and 200 meters wide leads to the Volga, overgrown with dense trees and bushes and indented by ravines. A 4-track railway with two piers, adapted to receive 27 wagons, runs along the coast. On the southern outskirts of point 726 (Latoshinka) there is a railway ferry pier with all the relevant equipment ... "
But by the time the fighting began, in August 1942, just a little south of the Rynok, a pontoon bridge was built in a hurry, in 12 days, and then immediately was blown up.
And Rynok itself is a village near Stalingrad. RynOk
, (that's how local people used to name a cape at the confluence of one river into another
) - this is a small settlement since pre-revolutionary times, which became a tractor-plant village, included in the city limits in 1931, on the right bank of the Volga north of the Tractor Factory (STZ), 17 km from the city center, at the confluence of the Sukhaya Mechetka river into the Volga, opposite the source of the Akhtuba. During the war, Rynok was completely destroyed. During the construction of the hydroelectric power station, it was liquidated. Now it has been restored and exists to the north-west of the original one as the Rynok settlement of the Volgograd City District.
Sorry for mistakes - Google translated