10 Wartime Photos, 1941-1942

Wartime Photos, 1941-1942

Posted on May 13, 2012 by team

A selection of wartime photos.

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Crying woman at a ruined house, 1941

Citizen soldiers are digging out antitank ditches near Moscow, June 1941


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10 Responses to “Wartime Photos, 1941-1942”

  1. yojimbo says:

    Some of those photos are clearly posed the 8th photo with the troops crossing the river they are acting as if they are under fire yet you can clearly see a an M1910 Maximum MG and they are crossing in front of it line of fire he’d shoot his own men from that line of sight.

    The “cover” photo I would also say was posed you would not simply allow enemy troops to get so close to you even if they appear to be surrendering with out aiming your weapons at them and making them stop and then covering some of your men while they are searched simply letting them approach like that is asking for several hidden grenades to get tossed into your lap.

    • Fred Johnson says:

      I’ll be the first one to agree the russians did pose a lot of photos. But I don’t think the one crossing the river looks like they’re under fire. Looks like they’re just crossing, with their weapons held up.
      But, yeah, that guy is going to kill them if he shoots. So, is he there to protect them?? OR, is he there to shoot them if they DO NOT cross the river?? They did a lot of that too.

      And you’re right about allowing POW’s to get near you. But maybe these guys haven’t found that out yet?

      Hard to say really.

    • Satan says:

      They’re not crossing shit as if they were under fire, they’re walking in water.

    • andy says:

      ER won’t post this, but truth is that many war photos “posed” or re-enacted because no cameramen in close action – too dangerous. If an action was successful, and a war cameraman could be found, often the action was restaged. Same with Americans in WW II. House-to-house fighting in Stalingrad particularly hazardous to photograph. But folks back home wanted pictures.

  2. Justus says:

    I wonder was those antitank ditches useful. Don`t feel wise use of labour.

    • vorontsevich (f/k/a ayaa) says:

      Most people think that anti-tank ditches are meant to have a tank drive in to the ditch (thus disabling it).

      Not quite. The most effective use of anti-tank ditches are as choke-points, to hold up the enemy. To slow them down (while they look for a way around, or while they are looking for something to enable the tanks to cross).

  3. jeffrey pigden says:

    Those rollers pack down the snow, level windrows and pressure ridges. That makes a usable landing field in just hours.

  4. andy says:

    Photos often were “reenacted” or posed simply because photographers either were not at whatever event at exactly the right time, or for safety reasons. Does not distract from the truth of the event. Soviet flag on the Reichstag was “posed” more than once, as was the US flag on Iwo Jima.

  5. andy says:

    Scenes from the war had to be “posed” or “reenacted” simply because photographers were not on hand when the event, often very dangerous, occurred. Makes sense. Some “reenactments” involved hundreds of troops: The successful Soviet Operation Uranus which captured Nazi 6th Army included no cameramen plus it was very foggy, so one of the big field operations was re-staged later.

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