During the Battle of Stalingrad, Pavlov was ordered to seize and defend a house in the center of the city against German attack. Pavlov surrounded the building with four layers of barbed wire and countless land mines. His group was under siege from multiple German attacks every day but held strong using their anti-tank rifles from strategic angles behind the building’s windows. Pavlov’s men reportedly destroyed a dozen tanks and eventually started using the German corpses as cover. Originally armed with a platoon of 30, Pavlov’s group had whittled to four by the time the two-month defense was over.