Leningrad partisans who had distinguished themselves in battle
StuG III Ausf B in Kharkov
Тело генерал-лейтенанта М.Г. Ефремова, застрелившегося, чтобы не попасть в немецкий плен. В ходе Ржевско-вяземской наступательной операции Красной Армии вырвавшаяся вперед 33-я армия, которой командовал Ефремов, была окружена немецкими войсками, нанесшими сильные контрудары. В течение второй половины февраля и марта 1942 г. советские войска безрезультатно пыталась пробить коридор к 33-й армии. Навстречу прорывающимся из окружения наступала 50-я армия Западного фронта. Но […]
Youth in a Soviet athletic parade emulating the nearby recently rebuilt Barmaley Fountain in Stalingrad, 1945.
Russian schoolboys Kostya Smaznov, age 16 (left), and Anatoliy Shchukin, age 15 (right), help the Soviet war effort by working in a factory in the Ural Mountains manufacturing T-34 medium tanks. Nizhny Tagil, Sverdlovsk Oblast, Russia, Soviet Union. May 1943.
Soviet soldiers of the Leningrad Front march to the frontlines during the lengthy Siege of Leningrad.
Soviet soldiers of the Leningrad Front march to the frontlines during the lengthy Siege of Leningrad. The Siege of Leningrad, also known as the Leningrad Blockade, was a prolonged military operation undertaken by the German Army Group North against Leningrad (Saint Petersburg). The siege began on 8 September 1941, when the last road to the city was severed. Although the […]
Polish civilians, including a Catholic priest, are held as hostages awaiting execution by Wehrmacht soldiers following Bloody Sunday
Polish civilians, including a Catholic priest, are held as hostages awaiting execution by Wehrmacht soldiers following Bloody Sunday (German: Bromberger Blutsonntag); a series of killings of members of the German ethnic minority that took place on 3 September 1939, two days after the beginning of the German invasion of Poland, in and around the city of Bydgoszcz. According to a […]
Soviet soldiers sit on a sofa in the open air on the dock of the Danish town of Rønne following the defeat of the German garrison on the island of Bornholm. On 7 and 8 May 1945, the town was bombed by Soviet aircraft when Gerhard von Kamptz, the commandant of the German occupying forces, refused to surrender the island […]
Soviet soldiers fire artillery at pockets of German resistance as they enter the suburbs of Berlin. The Battle of Berlin was the final major offensive of the European Theater of the war. Beginning 12 January 1945, The Soviets breached the German front as a result of the Vistula-Oder Offensive and advanced westward as much as 40 kilometres (25 miles) a […]
Soviet Army ski troops advance to the front line by the Hermitage Museum during Operation Iskra (English: Operation Spark); the Soviet military operation designed to break the German Siege of Leningrad. Leningrad (Saint Petersburg), Northwestern Federal District, Russia, Soviet Union. January 1943.
British soldiers permit former SS camp guards at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp to rest. However, they are forced to do so in one of the empty mass graves they were made to dig for the thousands of unburied corpses of inmates. Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, near Celle, Lower Saxony, Germany. April 1945.
Soviet soldiers at the Leningrad Front pause in hostilities amidst the smoke of burning buildings just prior to the lifting of the siege. The Siege of Leningrad, also known as the Leningrad Blockade, was a prolonged military operation undertaken by the German Army Group North against Leningrad (St. Petersburg). The siege began on 8 September 1941, when the last road […]
Soviet soldiers engage in house to house fighting with German forces in the outskirts of Königsberg. Königsberg, East Prussia, Germany (now, Kaliningrad, Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia). April 1945. Image taken by Dmitriy Chernov.
A German Wehrmacht soldier struggles through frigid temperatures and a snowdrift with supplies pulling a traditional Eastern European panje sled. Often, the simplest methods of transport in the east were far more effective than the modern. Near Minsk, Minsk Region, Belarus, Soviet Union. 15 January 1942.
Newly conscripted Russian men enter the Voroshilov Barracks for military training. Moscow, Central Federal District, Russia, Soviet Union. 23 June 1941. Image taken by Anatoliy Garanin.
A dog sits in the snow watching a column of Axis Italian soldiers of the 8th Italian Army, also known as the Italian Army in Russia (Italian: Armata Italiana in Russia, or ARMIR), march towards the city during the Battle of Stalingrad. Stalingrad (Volgograd), Volgograd Oblast, Russia, Soviet Union. December 1942.