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35 On the Threshold of the Holiday

On the Threshold of the Holiday

Posted on May 8, 2011 by team

The Victory Day is coming tomorrow and on this occasion here are some old photos taken during the Second World War. In the end of the post there are some extracts from the letters of German soldiers to their wives written during the Siege of Stalingrad.

June 22, 1941. Somewhere in the southwest of the USSR. Children hide from bombing.

Refugees somewhere near Pskov city. July, 1941.

Fighting near the border. 1941.

German shock troops near Brest. June, 1941.

The fight near Minsk. Breaking through the encirclement. June, 1941.

The fight for the city of Kherson. August, 1941.

The fight at Borodino. The fall of 1941.

The Southern Front. 1941.

The soldiers of a destruction battalion are sent on a mission. 1941.

The soldiers of a Tula working battalion. Tank destroyers are in ambush.

An armored vehicle on the line of departure. 1941.

The armored train built by workers of one of the Moscow depots. 1941.

Shooting down an aircraft.

During the air raid. Muscovites at one of the metro stations. 1941.

A Nazi sets the houses of a village on fire.

Hitler’s self-propelled guns on the streets of the city of Kharkov, 1941.

The city is taken. The snapshot was found at one of the murdered Nazis.

The disguised German artillery gun. The district of Smolensk. 1941.

The camouflaged building of the Manezh. Moscow. Winter, 1941.

An antiaircraft gun fires at German tanks. 1941.

The antiaircraft gun installed near the Kremlin. 1941.

The convoy of cars with soldiers heading for the Southern Front. 1941.

The column of armored vehicles BA-20M approaches the battle positions.

The column of captive Red Army soldiers. Summer, 1941.

The columns of Soviet captives near Staraya Russa. 1941.

Ewald von Kleist – the commander of the 1st Panzer Army.

The commander of the 2nd Panzer Division, Heinz Guderian.

The commander of the parade on Red Square, Marshal Budyonny. November 7, 1941.

A curfew patrol on Gorky Street in the days of the defense of Moscow.

The counterattack of Soviet soldiers. Dorokhovo village, the Moscow region.

The counterattack of Soviet troops. The Donetsk region. October, 1941.

Red Square on the day of the parade. November 7, 1941.

The line of fortifications around Moscow. Autumn – Winter, 1941.

Mass evacuation of livestock through Moscow. Fall, 1941.

Moscow is ready to defend. 1941.

Ashes of the houses burnt by Germans. November, 1941.

Artillery guns. Summer, 1941.

Monitoring the position of the enemy. The end of 1941.

Towards the enemy. July, 1941. “Our actions are right. The enemy will be destroyed. Victory will be ours.”

Russian troops entered Yelnya. September 6, 1941.

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35 Responses to “On the Threshold of the Holiday”

  1. Leibstandarte says:

    Funny to see how brainswashed slavs sacrifice their blood for jews, who sit far behind

    • Don says:

      Would you like slavs to work on germans? don’t forget that Hitler in documents had only 25% for slavs population and non for others as caucasians or tartarians. Better be brainwashed by jews.

    • Tody says:

      Ignorant people make ignorant comments.

  2. Cindy says:

    Good post. THANK YOU for the captions!

  3. Kilroy Was Here says:

    Fantastic! The captions were right on – thanks…

  4. marxistworker says:

    Some interesting War footnotes (apologies if you already know this):
    After Minsk fell on 28 June 1941, Stalin suffered a breakdown and disappeared into one of his homes for 2 days completely cut off (his boyars could have seized power but they were too scared!) before being “rescued” by Molotov, Beria, et. al.

    All law and order collapsed in Moscow as the Germans advanced on it. In mid-October 1941 there was looting, Russian soldier deserters and thugs roaming the streets, etc. Extraordinary when you think of Stalinism that such a thing happened, although of course Stalin soon ordered the Mayor to crack down.

    Beria and the NKVD went into a fury in those first months killing thousands of prisoners in Ukraine and Byelorussia (including some of Stalin’s in-laws who had been arrested during 1937-1938) rather than allowing the Germans to get to them.

    Lenin’s body (mummy!) was evacuated from Moscow (to Siberia!!) on 5 July 1941, but not before Stalin went to tell it goodbye!

    All notes are from “Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar”, by Simon S. Montefiore

    • opticalsound says:

      Yeah, I see: Cattle in the streets of Moscow…strange…

    • L.S.Zlatopolsky says:

      Hmm.. so it’s kind of comforting to know Comrade Stalin even deported Comrade Lenin to Siberia.

    • Archy Bunka says:

      A. Bunka here. That’s good stuff. Lenin looks like he can sit up and say hello when you see him. The lighting and makeup work for him. He is quite short, short enough to be one of the Marx Brothers.
      I read Stalin disappeared for a month when Germany invaded. He gave no orders, the men at the front didn’t know what to do. Russian resistance would have been much firmer had they good leadership in those early days. Zhukov and company were in the gulag.

  5. opticalsound says:

    Interesting, poignant pics. My old Man was in the War. He was in Germany at the end (May-July 1945); took some pics; never showed them to us kids (or talked about the War) but after his death we found them in a locked cabinet. Frankfurt in ruins, him in an MP uniform, and a couple of pics of Buchenwald (U.S. medics examining dug-up corpses)…depressing..
    Anyway, thanks for the pics.

  6. paul says:

    does anyone know what type of rifle it is that’s being used on the right side of the photo above the caption “The soldiers of a Tula working battalion. Tank destroyers are in ambush.”?
    just curious if any of the gun nuts out there recognize it, i’ve never seen that one before.
    thanks, great site

  7. Archy Bunka says:

    Great pics, very powerful. There are forums and there are pictorial blogs, this seems to be the only site that combines them.

  8. moo says:

    Wow nice collection

  9. Gonzo says:

    For your general culture Nazi and the Wehrmacht is not one and the same thing

  10. Aubra says:

    I was struck by the impact the Siege had on the city, even so many years later. The first time I went there, I lived with a survivor. She lived on the hospital islands and survived by eating glue. It was really terrible.

    But the city is really vibrant and alive now. It’s hard to believe that the gardens were covered in trenches and cabbage fields not too long ago.

  11. eger_666 says:

    Trolls will never leave ER…

  12. Don says:

    You forgot to tell us about West european agreement with Hitler. When France,UK let him to occupy Czechoslovakia. If they didn’t do it he would not go so far.

    • George Johnson says:

      Yes, that was the pacification. And proof that pacification doesn’t work.

      The above information is correct. Stalin wasn’t just an innocent bystander. They made their deals and fully expected Hitler to invade them anyway, they used the time to prepare.

      And let’s not forget, after Russia started beating back the Germans, they didn’t rush in to help other countries along the way. No, they waited, they planned and plotted, the “best way” to help them. They waited until those countries were desperate for help and would make any deals with Stalin. That’s how Russia ended up with so much of other countries after the war.

      And that only encouraged the spread of communism, controlled by the heads of state in Russia. That’s what gave rise to places like North Korea.

      Like it or not, Russia has been trying to spread their brand of communism for decades, and also being a thorn in the side of the US. (wish help from China)

      No matter how you stack it, communism is bad, for everybody.

      • Don says:

        USSR was telling to open the second front since 1942. But USA didn’t want take part in that. And what you mean by other countries? All Europe with Asia were under occupation of Germany and Japan.

  13. Matlok says:

    Great Pictures, Thanks!

  14. testicules says:

    Cool pics

  15. alibi says:

    The Poles should have gotten used to be split up, it hadn’t been for the first time for Poland to get divided by the Germans and Russians, so what’s all the fuss about dude? If u dont want to feed your own army get used to feed a foreign one. Ever thought of learning how to defend your own land? Talk to the Finns, they’ve deserved to stay a free nation.

    • CZenda says:

      I*d*i*o*t. The stab in the back delivered by USSR came exactly at the moment when Blitzkrieg lost its first momentum and the Polish army was ready to regroup.

      • alibi says:

        Regroup? who, the Poles? wow thats new, sounds more like a wet dream of a Pole though, but whatever… if that keeps u happy. Anyway – the Russians had never taken any Polish land back in 39 they had just recovered what belonged to Russia and was grabbed by the Poles who got greedy and had taken their chance during the time when the Russians were busy killing themselfs in the civil war. So – easy come easy go sweety, nothing personal.

        • CZenda says:

          Is this the version of history hammered to the heads of P-ut-injugend today?

        • kater says:

          Russians took away land that historically belonged to Poland. As is with borderlands, such places often change allegiance. Point is, Poland was historically much bigger and had much more land to the East.
          Also, if you think that Polish army who suffered brutal blitzkkrieg could simply regroup to ward off another attack, this time a backstab, then you need to stop thinking as it’s clearly not you forte. Russia signed a non-aggression pact with Poland and broke it. What more do you need? Or perhaps you think it’s proper to blame the victim for being attacked? Time for you to learn some true history, not Russki propaganda.

  16. Thor says:

    World had two worst plagues ever: Nazis and Soviets! Nazis killed many people, mostly Jews. However, Soviets killed many times more and anybody! Specially their own people!
    It’s hard to see Finnish flag and Baltic’s in these photos here. They paid hardest for something they didn’t have to!
    It’s just a imperators greed, no matter which side. Small ones can’t have their own side.

    • Perun says:

      Nazists killed 11 millions of slavic civils and 6 millions of jews. What are u talking about? i mean with baltic flags or finnish? Finland with baltics were on german side.

      • Flash says:

        Your information are incorrect. Stalinist army and NKVD murdered more than 20 million people in the occupied countries. The 2 million jews and gipsies murdered by Hitler’s nazi ar just a mere shadow of the real and continuous atrocities conducted by Russians. But the jews are only insisting on their loss because they only care about themselves. So layoff with the praising the “glorious red army”. Half of them were just a herd of lowlife criminals and rapists. Ask any old men or woman in an former occupied country.

  17. Otis R. Needleman says:

    Many excellent pictures, indeed. Had never seen most of them before. Interestingly, saw a picture of a banner acknowledging the assistance from England and the USA. Also saw American jeeps and trucks in some pictures.

    I have always hated Communism, and Stalin was at least as bad as Hitler. But all of us should be grateful for the service and sacrifice shown by the (generic) Russians in these pictures. I thsnk these people yet again.

  18. Valery says:

    Just don’t mix “scout” with “intelligence agent”.

  19. Stalins Cat says:

    Only just come across these fantastic,powerful photos.
    Very good to see the cowardly Nazi dogs get the battering they deserved,by the Red Army/Navy/Air Force/Partisans and special mention to all the factory workers and their hard work in unbelievable conditions.Heroes – I salute you one and all !

  20. Aqueue says:

    Where was that last picture, kids, taken?

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