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.