35 On the Threshold of the Holiday

On the Threshold of the Holiday

Posted on May 8, 2011 by team


On the approaches to Mogilev. 1944. Liberated by the Soviet Army on the 28th of June, 1944.

The people of Bulgaria welcome the Soviet Army.

In liberated from German troops Odessa. 1944.

Getting rid of the traces of Nazi occupation. Nikolayev city.

Kerch is free. 1944.

The Red Army soldiers in liberated Polotsk. July, 1944.

The Red Army sailors in liberated Sevastopol. May 9, 1944.

Exploded by the Germans monument “Millennium of Russia”. Novgorod. January, 1944.

Germans surrender. Vilnius. July, 1944.

The soldiers set the border post on the border with Romania.

German war prisoners on the streets of Vitebsk.

Column of German captives on the streets of Moscow. July 17, 1944.

The column of captured German generals, officers and soldiers.

A paramedic bandages a German captive.


A group of Soviet spies with a captured flag.

Escorting the German captives. The Baltics, 1944.

The column of returning refugees. Summer, 1944.

The children of Belarus. Lozovatka village, 1944.

And some letters of German soldiers and officers surrounded at Stalingrad.

The reconnaissance group of the 39th Guards Rifle Division on a combat mission.

Shooters of lieutenant Rogov’s division fight on the outskirts of Stalingrad.

“… The situation is very serious. Russians surrounded the army corps, and we’re like in a bag. On Saturday, we were attacked. There were many dead and wounded. Blood flowed in torrents. The retreat was terrible. Our commander is seriously injured. Now we have no officers at all. I’m lucky yet, but I don’t actually care now…”

The red flag over the square of Fallen Heroes in liberated Stalingrad.

From the letter of a non-commissioned officer: “We are in a rather difficult position. Russians turn out to be able to wage war. It was proved by a great chess move done by them in the last few days… “

The administration of the oath on the bank of the Volga.

From Corporal’s letter to his wife: “…Every day we ask ourselves the question: Where are our saviors and when will the hour of deliverance come? Will Russians kill us till this moment or not…”

One more letter: “…We are going through the great crisis and nobody knows how it will end. The situation is so critical that, in my humble opinion, it looks like what was happening near Moscow a year ago. “

From a letter of one Lieutenant General:

“October 23. Password: Stalingrad.

October 28. Here is a real hell. Diving bombers and artillery.

October 29. Hot day for me… Terrible activity of Russian aviation.

November 2. At night colossal aviation. The thought of my soon death can’t go out of my mind. Our attacks are unsuccessful. The company commander Sergeant Lar is killed.

November 3. Noncommissioned officer Friedrick was killed.

November 8. The air raids again and again. No one knows whether he is alive in an hour…”

The broken German fighter captured by Soviet troops as a trophy after the Battle for Stalingrad.

“January 15. How long will we still eke out that miserable existence and will it ever be better? We are always waylaid by the enemy. One wishes the other to die. Since we are surrounded and we do not have enough ammunition, we are forced to sit still. There is no exit from the boiler and will never be. “

“January 10. At exactly 6 am a terrible hurricane of fire begins in the west. I’ve never heard such a roar. During the whole day the countless number of planes fly over us and drop bombs. January 13… Such strange foreboding. Will we ever leave this place or not?”

German captives walk past the frozen corpse of a German soldier. Stalingrad, 1943.

“December 8. The situation with food provision becomes more and more lamentable. One loaf of bread for seven people. We are forced to eat horses.

December 9. All feeble horses are slaughtered and eaten.

December 10. To starve is damn hard.

December 11. No hope for improvement. Now we know the price of bread.

December 12. Today I found an old piece of moldy bread. It was a real delicacy. We eat only once a day when food is distributed, and then starve for 24 hours…”

“… I would be extremely happy to get a piece of stale bread. But we don’t have even that.”

“… Three enemies make our lives very difficult: Russians, hunger and cold. Russian snipers keep us under constant control…”

“…Yesterday, we received vodka. At that time we were just cutting the dog so vodka was very handy. I have already killed four dogs but my friends can’t still eat their fill. I once shot a magpie and cooked it…”

The soldiers of the Soviet 62nd Army fight for Stalingrad.

“…Josef Gross had a dog. Well, it’s done – I’m not kidding…”

“…December 26. Today we cooked a cat.”

“…Elsa (the wife’s name), I do not want to make you sad thus won’t tell much… I just want to tell you that I will soon die from hunger…”

“…Many of those who didn’t even think about death last year today are dead. Many people lost their lives this year. In 1943, it will be even worse. If the situation doesn’t change and surroundings are not broken then we all will perish from hunger… There is no perspective.”

The territory of the Stalingrad Tractor Factory where terrible fights took place during the Siege of Stalingrad.

Many soldiers and officers of the Wehrmacht realizing the hopelessness of the situation surrendered before the Paulus’s decision to surrender. Those who waited for him suffered heavy losses. The surrounded enemy lost over 100 thousand people over the 2 weeks.

Paulus surrendered to the Soviet troops on February 2, 1943. 113 thousand soldiers and officers of the 6th army were captured. Soldiers and officers who dreamed of visiting Moscow marched down its streets but not as conquerors but as the prisoners of war.

A frontline cameraman shoots a column of German captives in Stalingrad. They move along the bank of the Volga.

July 17, 1944 – 57,600 prisoners of war captured by the Red Army walked through the city. And less than a year later Soviet soldiers hoisted their flag over the Reichstag.

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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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