Kaliningrad is a seaport and the administrative center of Kaliningrad Oblast, the Russian exclave between Poland and Lithuania on the Baltic Sea. The territory is geographically separated from the rest of Russia, since Lithuania and several other erstwhile Soviet states became independent in the early 1990s. Prior to the end of World War II, it was a German city, Königsberg. A harsh population transfer in 1945-6 de-Germanized and Russified the city.

Note: In most Turtledove timelines with a POD before 1945, Königsberg remains under German control and never becomes Kaliningrad.

Kaliningrad in The Man With the Iron HeartEdit

Kaliningrad had been the German city of Königsberg prior to World War II. The Germans had fought the advancing Soviet army hard for the city, but lost in the end. After the war, the USSR expelled the entire German population of the city. Vladimir Bokov noted this with some satisfaction in 1946.