The Reconstruction of One Bloody Battle of 1942

The Reconstruction of One Bloody Battle of 1942

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.

The Reconstruction of One Bloody Battle of 1942

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

The Reconstruction of One Bloody Battle of 1942

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

The Reconstruction of One Bloody Battle of 1942

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

The Reconstruction of One Bloody Battle of 1942

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

The Reconstruction of One Bloody Battle of 1942

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

The Reconstruction of One Bloody Battle of 1942

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

The Reconstruction of One Bloody Battle of 1942

The cannon RAK 37 is attached to the Kettenkrad.

The Reconstruction of One Bloody Battle of 1942

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

The Reconstruction of One Bloody Battle of 1942

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

The Reconstruction of One Bloody Battle of 1942

The K├╝belwagen.

The Reconstruction of One Bloody Battle of 1942

A soldier with two medical pouches serves as an orderly.

The Reconstruction of One Bloody Battle of 1942

The Wolkswagen belonging to the SS troops.

The Reconstruction of One Bloody Battle of 1942

Another experienced paratrooper.

The Reconstruction of One Bloody Battle of 1942

The driver of the Kettenkrad.

The Reconstruction of One Bloody Battle of 1942

The cannon is ready to fight!

The Reconstruction of One Bloody Battle of 1942

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

The Reconstruction of One Bloody Battle of 1942

His “comrade” is already in a gloomy mood.

The Reconstruction of One Bloody Battle of 1942

Guns wait for their time.

The Reconstruction of One Bloody Battle of 1942

A soldier loads his Degtyaryov’s machine gun.

The Reconstruction of One Bloody Battle of 1942

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

The Reconstruction of One Bloody Battle of 1942

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

The Reconstruction of One Bloody Battle of 1942

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

The Reconstruction of One Bloody Battle of 1942

Tankmen have a rest before the difficult battle.

The Reconstruction of One Bloody Battle of 1942

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

The Reconstruction of One Bloody Battle of 1942

The Reconstruction of One Bloody Battle of 1942

The Reconstruction of One Bloody Battle of 1942

The Reconstruction of One Bloody Battle of 1942

Someone is ready to bayonet.

The Reconstruction of One Bloody Battle of 1942

The Reconstruction of One Bloody Battle of 1942

The DP in a turret.

The Reconstruction of One Bloody Battle of 1942

And on the ground.

The Reconstruction of One Bloody Battle of 1942

A soldier with a 50-mm mortar.

The Reconstruction of One Bloody Battle of 1942

The calm before the battle…

The Reconstruction of One Bloody Battle of 1942

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

The Reconstruction of One Bloody Battle of 1942

The Reconstruction of One Bloody Battle of 1942

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

The Reconstruction of One Bloody Battle of 1942

A machine gunner and soldiers immediately take up their positions.

The Reconstruction of One Bloody Battle of 1942

The Reconstruction of One Bloody Battle of 1942

At this moment artillery preparation begins.

The Reconstruction of One Bloody Battle of 1942

German artillery starts firing at the positions of the RKKA.

26 thoughts on “The Reconstruction of One Bloody Battle of 1942”

  1. 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. 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.

  3. 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?

  4. 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.

  5. 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.”

  6. 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.

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