26 The Reconstruction of One Bloody Battle of 1942

The Reconstruction of One Bloody Battle of 1942

Posted on August 17, 2011 by team

Lately, the reconstruction of the battle of the 30th of July, 1942 has been held in the Russian city of Kirovsk. On that terrible day the soldiers of the Workers’ and Peasants’ Red Army (RKKA) fought against the Wehrmacht under the support of the Luftwaffe and jaeger! During this reconstruction a lot of people were “killed”, several pieces of equipment (including the heavy one) were destroyed… In the end of the battle the soldiers of the RKKA were forced to storm their own positions!!! Many photos of this event are inside the post.

Everything is quiet in the German camp. Jaeger sit at the table and smoke.

A paratrooper has just successfully jumped out of the Henkel, Junkers-52 or some other means of transport.

Bikers are on their way to the front line to report about the beginning of the next phase of Operation Barbarossa!

German Luftwaffe-Frau sits on the grass in faraway Russia.

Brand-new German tanks, the Pz-III and Pz-IV, delivered by railroad, are ready to start the fight.

An experienced paratrooper approaches his position… On his shoulder you can see the Czech gun.

The cannon RAK 37 is attached to the Kettenkrad.

According to some data, there are only 3 such cannons in modern Russia and only one of them (pictured) takes part in reconstructions.

A mountain shooter with a well-camouflaged helmet drags a box of ammunition to the front line…


The Kübelwagen.

A soldier with two medical pouches serves as an orderly.

The Wolkswagen belonging to the SS troops.

Another experienced paratrooper.

The driver of the Kettenkrad.

The cannon is ready to fight!

Meanwhile, the political officer in the camp of the RKKA is going to send his soldiers to certain death!

His “comrade” is already in a gloomy mood.

Guns wait for their time.

A soldier loads his Degtyaryov’s machine gun.


The armored car of the RKKA takes its position in a forest.

A pilot, though he’s already used to fight on the ground.

The command of the Red Army rides around the positions in a fashionable “Willys” delivered from America!

Tankmen have a rest before the difficult battle.

In the birch grove, the Red Army soldiers prepare for the war…

Someone is ready to bayonet.


The DP in a turret.

And on the ground.

A soldier with a 50-mm mortar.

The calm before the battle…

The “Maxim” gun is pointed at the direction of the enemy.

A scout hurries up riding a captured German motorcycle (BMW or ZUNDAP) to report that German soldiers were seen on the forest border.

A machine gunner and soldiers immediately take up their positions.

At this moment artillery preparation begins.


German artillery starts firing at the positions of the RKKA.


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26 responses to “The Reconstruction of One Bloody Battle of 1942”

  1. Xoliul says:

    I’m really curious what they actually fire and blow up? Blanks and light explosives for show? It all looks awfully cool, but I can’t really imagine it working the same as airsoft for example…

  2. testicules says:

    Are those authentic tanks or are they replicas? Germans had really cool uniforms and equipment

  3. John says:

    Whether 1942 or 2011, still better to be on the German side!

  4. Kalimba says:

    I want the track bike!

  5. Patrick TH says:

    What is this reconstruction for?

  6. Otis R. Needleman says:

    Interesting reconstruction. A good deal of effort went into this. Happily, after this was over everyone got up, shook hands, and had a party. In real war…not.

  7. CZenda says:

    Comrade politruk, I understand your forehead is falling on the front page of “Collected Writings Of Comrade Stalin, The Greatest Leader, The Wisest Man, The Best Skier And Tractor Driver Of All Times” after 200 grms of vodka, but it is 2011, not 1942. Did the comrades from NKVD mention something like “liquid nitrogen” after the toast?

  8. Chac Mool says:

    Yes, the german outfits and gear still look cool today. I can’t imagine how hard was for the Russians to reach Berlin. This was a very well done and cool reenactment. Great set of pics for WWII fans.

  9. marxistworker says:

    Years ago I owned a board game “Russian Civil War 1918-1922”; always had to play solitary (no one else had any interest)… always made sure the Reds won. My only knowledge/interest in “reenactments.”

  10. Yves St. Cyr says:

    I don’t think I would have enjoyed fighting in this war the combatants on either side were entirely too vicious.

  11. Montesquieu says:

    Luftwaffe had some of the worst ground combat troops in the war. Paratroops excluded. While well equiped, they were ill trained and lacked motivation. Least of all the lack of logic behind ground troops serving the air force.

  12. testicules says:


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