More Photos from WW2

More Photos from WW2


Another shot showing how people can get used to anything. This old women seems like she doesn’t care at all about the battle going on around her.

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Japanese captives.

More Photos from WW2


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Karelia, Russia during WW2.

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German captives. Russian soldiers don’t beat them or anything, on the contrary they are giving them cigarettes and a light..

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An infantry detachment is trying to shoot down German Nazi planes.

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And they succeeded.

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The troop advances and the train moves beneath them..

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Field ambulance..

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    • there was a story how a german aircraft wing torpedoed a supply ship going to some sea port up the north through some moderate ice (Murmanks may be?)
      A soldier survived by jumping on the ice and made his way to the land by foot, being constantly chased by a lone german figher plane trying to find and kill him. It was a matter of principal for the german pilot to make his kill. It wasnt easy though, as it was difficult to find a single soldier on a vast frozen plane and a soldier was always trying to hide himself in the snow. He was wounded though, so he was getting weaker and he had no food left. he was also leaving footprints on the snow. Eventually he was spotted and made a single shot as a last resort at the enemy airplane, damaging an oil pipe which made it crashland and german pilot was captured.

      Dunno if its true or not but its a cool story nevertheless 🙂

    • why not? if stuka was going at the low alltidude and at the low speed, it is possible. And actually in the Red army, there were special bucklets, to show how to shoot at the enemy plane. It included the position of the shooter, how should he aim at the plane and stuff….crazy and hard to believe, but true

      • i was in WW2 an if you see in tht picture i was at the top you ar eright how that was hard we shot down 9 of the 20 planes that flew by aiming u just have to aim a little bit ahead of them i shot 2 down the one in the picture right below it was the first one i shot i was only 21

        • So you’re only 21 in ww2 … wow you have to be around 93 years old now … nice try.
          And adding a photo of an destroyed aircraft don’t mean this story is real or belongs to this story.

  1. regarding picture 5 – Theoretically soldiers can’t beat or anything their Prisoners Of War because “Article 4 of the Third Geneva Convention protects captured military personnel (…) It applies from the moment a prisoner is captured until he or she is released or repatriated. One of the main provisions of the convention makes it illegal to torture prisoners and states that a prisoner can only be required to give his or her name, date of birth, rank and service number”. Anyway those german POWs were sent to Kazakhstan/Siberia, and most of them died there in gulags…

    • At that time USSR was not party to this convention. According to Stalin Russian soldiers could not be POWs. Captured Russian soldiers (and even innocent civilians) were considered parricides. And if they ever returned to the USSR GULAG was waiting for them.

      Most of Germans were not sent to kazakhstan/Siberia. It was impossible after the war was over and it was no time for this during the war. Anyway even those sent to Siberia, most of tehm, survived. I am not saying gulag was dolce vita of course, but I can assure you Nazis treated Russians much worse. My grandfather was captured in the very beginning of the war, and lucky him, he managed to escape soon and spend all the rest time till war end with partizans.

      • Exemple of Soviet treatment of POW, was executing in 1940 23.000 of Polish officers taken as POW in 1939, during German-Soviet attack on Poland.

      • “Anyway even those sent to Siberia, most of tehm, survived”: for instance of the 90.000 captured German soldiers at Stalingrad, only 5.000 survived and were able to return home, a lot of them not earlier than 1955. I don’t know what your definition of “most of them” is.

    • I am from South Siberia near Kazakhstan. My mother was born and lived in village full of Germans. There are plenty of villages there with Germans or only Germans. They didn’t die in gulag. In fact they were even more successful in farming then some Russian villages. And we like them there cos of their clean villages and order in everything, their hard working and punctual people. So SHUT THE F##K UP!! if u don’t know sh#t.

      • Those were Russian Germans. There was Autonomic German republic on Volga river before WW2 started. They were all forced to move to Kazakhstan and Siberia with Chechens, Greeks and dozens of other nations.
        I know Japanese POWs were in Kazakhstan. They built lots of old buildings in Almaty.

    • Keep in mind that Stalin’s Soviet Union was not a signatory of the Geneva Conventions at that time. The Germans used that as an excuse for the mistreatment of Soviet prisoners as well.

    • Belarus Guy: Yes, the USSR declared war on Japan after Germany was defeated. The veteren Soviet army defeated the Japanese in Manchuria. The Japanese, equipped and accustomed to fighting ill equipped Chinese, was quickly over-run by Soviet T-34/85s and IS2s.

      • That would have given them a major advantage if they had of, although that still wouldn’t enough to beat us I think. But where did you learn that, I looked for it a little but found nothing.

        • I simply write about history of IIWW. What is the ‘surprise’ for you ?
          Use complete expression, don’t use a thinking short cut. I don’t think in English and don’t want to surmise.

    • The Soviet/Japanese face off and eventual war is the most under documented aspect of WWII. Few pictures seem to exist, and even fewer first hand accounts. The photo above is the first time that I have seen that one.

      • There’s some sort of handbook by David Glantz et al on USSR tactics during the war with Japan, it focuses on their improvement as compared with the chaotic early days of the war and it makes quite an interesting read.

        It’s available as a pdf on emule.

  2. With the sniper rifles, I think you can see they are Mosin Nagant rifles with a scope attached. Please correct me if I’m wrong.

    That photograph with the train in the background – can any Russians (or anyone who knows) here please tell me what the soldiers in that photo are armed with. They’ve got bayonets fixed, but that barrel configuration doesn’t look like a conventional Mosin Nagant, does it?

    The Mosin Nagant was standard issue for Russian riflemen in WWII (as was the PPSh-41 submachine-gun which you can see in both the first and last photo). I really like the Mosin, I’m better with it than I am with the Springfield 1903. But my favourite of the old bolt-action rifles is the Lee Enfield .303 for both sentimental reasons (mine came from a relative who was a serviceman) and practical reasons (bloody accurate, very reliable). Still though, the Mosin is an excellent rifle.

    • The Mosin pictured seems to be an older, full length model. Possibly a pre-revolutionary vintage model brought out of a war reserve warehouse. And, yes, I agree on its reliability, but my Moisin carbine kicks like a mule.

    • Massed rifle fire is nothing to sneeze at. And WWII planes aren’t the armored, lightning fast and well-nigh invulnerable beasts we have today.

      A detatchment like that, presumably highly trained marksmen with high performance, scoped rifles against a low-flying plane, which might have been trying to strafe them… I don’t think I’d be betting much on the plane. Accurate, long range and the total rate of fire would be what… call it 15 riflemen, 6 aimed rounds per minute each, is a total of 90.

      Nothing to sneeze at.

  3. Please re-acquaint yourself with history of Karelia here – I quote:
    “The Treaty of Nystad (Finnish: Uudenkaupungin rauha) in 1721 between Imperial Russia and Sweden ceded most of Karelia to Russia”

  4. I just want to remind everyone to take what you see with a grain of salt. And especially the comments (author clearly is not trying to state facts, but is being a bit sarcastic).

    As far as real events, i think you should read up on some soldiers’ memoirs. While the photographers and journalists were censored (i.e. you will not find any photos of dead Russian soldiers made by a Russian photographer), the memoirs are written many years later. And old people don’t need to lie, they’re just telling their story.

    • It’s fact, but it shows the success of leftist propaganda over the World.
      Nazis (national socialists) are banned everywhere but communists still can resound their ideology.

      • Fool. Communism resounds today because it was never Russia’s ideology to begin with….IT WAS A GERMAN’S!! Communism is a form of politics. Nazism was the worst of what mankind had to offer.

  5. For one thing, if Finland hadn’t been allied with Germany, you would definitely have “extinguished us” to start with. German aid was essential in the Continuation War.

    Finns like to think of the Winter War and Continuation War as separate to WWII. We were defending our country (and getting land lost in the Winter War back). Finland was not a fascist, but a democratic country.

  6. Parts of Estonia and Latvia were stolen as well, and of course Neo-USSR of today is not going to return them. Karelia, Petserimaa (Pechory), Abrene, … the list probably goes on.

    Nevertheless, Finland was incredibly lucky and managed not to get ‘liberated’ and subsequently brutally occupied for 50 years. Good for them they had the common sense to accept German help.

  7. I’ve just found this website and I really like it))) so many views.
    I appreciate that there are some educated americans, who are really interested in my country.

    but…i’m not really surprised to see a lot of ignorant guys here.

    regarding this topic.
    I live in Stalingrad and believe me I know a lot of facts about WW2. not like the author of the last comment ))) haha he read BOOKS!!! OMG!!!
    and my grandpa ( RIP) was awarded with a lot of medals and could tell a lot as well as the people of Stalingrad, which was COMPLETYELY destroyed. sooo….dear Peter…how long do you think it takes to rebuild the destroyed country??? how long does it take to provide people with housing? jobs? money?
    was germany or Finland as destroyed as Russia was?
    ask your books ))))

  8. Stealing Karelia? Hahaha. Finnland did not exist till 1918. So, you should thank stinky commies, otherwise you would be still part of Russian Empire.

  9. yes i agree. But you must remember this infamous quote “It is the old that make war, but it is the young that fight and die.”-Winston Churchill- it means that most soldiers weren’t there because they liked the ideals of there leaders but because of ether: conscription , Money, and fame. Most did not enjoy killing and slaughtering Jewish people. They were just following orders.

    Keep in mind that all Germans are Nazis.


    • Well, fortunately evolution will sooner or later take care of people spewing of wrath and hatred on this forum. Sociological studies have established a strong sense of – rightly perceived – inferiority to be the most common cause of such rabid and infantile behaviour.

  10. I have read the string here of the variuos comments. A good thing we are all no longer at war. I think it was all pretty horrible for the participants at that time.

    Quite frankly the Soviet Union in the form of Josef Stalin was the problem. The SU atacked Finland because it wanted to expand its own borders away from the proximity of Leningrad. The story about the Finns attackiung the SU was been told numerous times by the SU apparatchiks even in 1971 when I was in Leningrad. I found it laughable given the size of the military forces involved.

    With regard to the SU declaration of war on Japan in 1945:
    — the person who mentioned revenge – you might be right.
    — Zhukov (I believe) absolutely thrashed the Japanese army on the Manchurian Border with Siberia in the late 1930’s just prior to being sent to the gulag or just after (I forget) and long prior to becoming Field Marshal responsible for defense of the SU against the Nazi Armies. After Zhukov’s action the Japanese were never any threat. Stalin was, if anything, a nasty vile murderous opportunist.

  11. In another post…there were mistakes in ads for the Army or victory Day…
    They should have used either #3 or #7 of these series of pics…Showing true warrior drama in #7…and #3 a sentry looking over a town defending against any enemy…THOSE are the type of pics that you use to promote patriotism…not stealing pics from TIME-LIFE (german chucking grenade)…
    Russia has rich history, with brave and loyal people that SACRIFICED!!!! Those people need to be honored, and not forgotten…and taking shortcuts by stealing pics instead of WORKING for them only makes their sacrifices in vain.
    Shame on those Ad-men, and Russian culture for letting them get away with it.

  12. why are you all dissing each other?! the war is over!! thank god. no one, or country, is better then another. WWII is in the past, lets leave it there and never let the evil that was Hitler come to power again. what he did was wrong, we all can agree with that, but that DOES NOT mean that every German is a Nazi! Geeez, chill out and act your age! It’s so ignorant to judge a person on their countries past, it DOES NOT mean it’s their present!

  13. Loved that pic where Soviet solder gives cigarrette to German, specialy comment…. Funny… yah my grandma always talked about how ” nice ” soviets where back in 1941 haha I dont want those cigarettes…..Last smoke before….

  14. Grain of salt for uneducated ones – When Soviet Union had allied with Nazi Germany was a special move by Stalin. When Germany was stacking its military force and displaying its power, it was pretty obvious warning to Stalin, Soviet Union need to upgrade its military force. Remember – At that time Soviet Army did not have T34, did not have KV or Katyusha launchers. All military stock was old, and had poor chances to stand it. TO upgrade military force the already hungry country needed time. If Stalin would of declared Soviet Union is against Nazi Germany – Hitler would of hesitated to march right through Poland, and onto Soviet Union at much earlier year! This would of caused Soviet Union most likely to fall to Hitler, who would get enormous amount of resources and work labor to march into other countries. United States would of stand as the last country to fight against Nazi Germany, Italy, Japan, and captured countries. So you can cry about this alliance and handing down Poland, but this was the WAR. And Ms. WAR got no pretty face, folks.

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