Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

Today we’ll continue showing pictures of Smolensk occupied by German military forces during WWII.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

Wagons on  Main Street which is now Great Soviet Street.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

Destructions next to the main building of the post-office. The place is now occupied by the Central Hotel.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

On the bridge across the Dnieper river.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

The employment exchange on Commandant Square (Smirnov’s Square today)

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

On Commandant Square (Smirnov’s Square today).

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

A temporary bridge across the Dnieper which leads to Bazaar Square (Kolkhoz Square today).

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

Panoramic view of destructed Smolensk.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

Residential houses next to the eastern part of the vallum.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

Destructions near the Specialists’ House after bombardment.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

The building of the District Drama Theater.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

German pointers on Commandant Square (Smirnov’s Square today).

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

The eastern view of Cathedral Hill.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

Main Street (Great Soviet Street today).

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

The intersection between Lenin Street and Great Soviet Street.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

‘Jews are your eternal enemies! Stalin and Jews belong to the same gang of criminals’ – Hitler’s agitation.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

The western view of the Cathedral Hill.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

The Police School on Kiev Street (Lenin District Directorate of Internal Affairs on Gagarin Street). A Security Office was dislocated here till September 1942.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

Residential houses next to the eastern area of the vallum.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

Residential houses next to the eastern area of the vallum.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

Hiltler’s agitation stand next to the administration board on Townhall Street (Glinky’s Street today).

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

The bell-tower of  Vosnesensk Monastery (an exhibition hall of Smolensk reserve museum) is on the right, the corner of the Commune House is on the left.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

Demonstration in honour of Hitler’s birthday. A shot from some German agitation movie.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

A queue in front of the building of employment exchange.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

Peaceful villages are washing their clothes in a water hole.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

Smolensk children.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

Smolensk priest.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

Inhabitants of occupied Smolensk.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

Soviet prisoners of war next to Specialists’ House on Kiev Street (Gagarin Street today).

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

A queue in front of the employment exchange.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

On Bazaar Square (Kolkhoz Square today).

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

Entry of Soviet troops to Smolensk. September 1943.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

Entry of Soviet troops to Smolensk. September 1943.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

Intelligence men are talking to inhabitants of Smolensk. September 1943.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

First encounters. Next to Kolodnya Station. September 1943.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

Mine clearing done by deminers. September 1943.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

A meeting devoted to the event of assignment of the name ‘Smolensk’ to the 312 rifle division.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

Soviet warriors take up defensive dispositions in Smolensk. September 1943.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

Anti-aircraft-gunners protect the city from raids of German aviation. September 1943.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

Artillery section. September 1943.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

Smolensk. September 1943.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

In a hospital of Smolensk.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

Anti-aircraft-gunners protect the city from raids of German aviation. September 1943.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

Crossing the Dnieper river. September 1943.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

Smolensk after the Nazi had left the city. September 1943.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

The panoramic view of destructed Smolensk.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

Next to the cinema ‘The 15th’.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

The eastern area of Smolensk fortress.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

Destructions in Smolensk.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

Smolensk after the Nazi had left the city.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

The House with a Clock. Great Soviet Street.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

Next to the ’15th’ Cinema (building of connection college).

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

Employment Exchange. Young people of Smolensk were sent to works in Germany from here.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

Inhabitants are listening to messages of the Soviet Information Bureau.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

Wounded soldiers in the Park of Recreation and Leisure.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

The Red Flag above Smolensk Hotel. September 25, 1943.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

Inhabitants are coming back to freed Smolensk.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

Inhabitants of the city are coming back to freed Smolensk.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

Inhabitants of the city are coming back to freed Smolensk.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

First encounters. Next to Kolodnya station. September 1943.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

Inhabitants of the city are coming back to freed Smolensk.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

Inhabitants of the city are coming back to freed Smolensk.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

Inhabitants of the city are coming back to freed Smolensk.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

Inhabitants of the city are coming back to freed Smolensk.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

Inhabitants of the city are coming back to freed Smolensk.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

Inhabitants of the city are coming back to freed Smolensk.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

Poet Tvardovsky makes a speech at a meeting. October 1943.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

A meeting in freed Smolensk. October 1943.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

Restoration of a communications connection in Smolensk.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

Restoration of the bridge across the Dnieper.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

Restoration of tramlines in Smolensk.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

Restoration of tramlines in Smolensk.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

Construction of new buildings in Smolensk.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

Restoration of a sewing factory in Smolensk. December 1943.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

Restoration of the railroad in Smolensk.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

The first Soviet newspaper in freed Smolensk.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

The first Soviet newspaper in freed Smolensk.

Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II

The first screening in a cinema.

Location: Smolensk

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10 thoughts on “Life As It Was In Occupied Smolensk, Part II”

  1. I sometimes wonder how different the war would have been had Stalin not purged the army. If he had retained some soldiers instead of a crowd of toads.

    • In fact, in “army purges” are more propaganda than serious issue that ruined an army. Overall, less than 10% of officers went through the trials and many of them were just fired but not sent to Siberia or anywhere. Only the highest command had it worse, with 3 of 5 marshals and many komandarms executed. Soviet army had much more significant problems that led to catastrophic year of 41, and purge was not the most significant one.

    • There are countless possibilities. One of the viable scenarios is Soviet cutthroats attacking Nazi thugs from behind while they are still fighting in France.

    • By that time, Stalin has purged the Jews from the positions of power. The few left in the government were no more than his minions. So it was just the Communist rule. Bad as it was, it was still better than the Nazi pigs.

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