Soviet Union

Katyusha rockets firing on first day of Operation Barbarossa

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Katyusha rockets firing on June 22nd 1941, the first day of Operation Barbarossa, Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union. Only 40 such mobile rocket launchers were built and ready to be used by the Soviet Army at the start of Operation Barbarossa. It was the first self-propelled artillery piece to …

Red Army POWs inspected by a Waffen SS Soldier, 1941

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German Waffen SS soldier looking at a nervous Red Army POW, somewhere on the Eastern Front during September 1941. At that time, Operation Barbarossa was in full swing, as Germany was quickly gaining ground in the East. Book suggestion ⤵️ 📖 Eastern Inferno: Journals of a German Panzerj√§ger on the …

Vyacheslav Molotov and Joachim von Ribbentrop in Moscow

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Vyacheslav Molotov (left) shaking hands with Joachim von Ribbentrop after the two foreign ministers signed the famous Molotov-Ribbentrop pact in Moscow on August 23rd, 1939. The Molotov-Ribbentrop pact was a non-aggression agreement between Germany and the Soviet Union, which also defined the spheres of influence in Europe between the two …

Wehrmacht soldiers surrender to Soviet Troops, Tula, 1941

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Wehrmacht soldiers surrender to Soviet troops in the district of Tula, late 1941. The Soviet soldier is carrying a SVT-40 semi automatic rifle. The SVT-40 was used intensively at the start of the war and was supposed to be the new standard rifle of the Red Army, but the German …

Austrian woman dancing with a Soviet officer in Vienna, 1945

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An Austrian woman and a Soviet officer are dancing in the streets of Vienna after the fall of Nazi Germany in May 1945. There were many similar images of celebration in Vienna as the war in Europe came to an end, and people were hopeful for a happier future. Book …

Anti aircraft fire near St Isaac’s Cathedral, Leningrad, 1941

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Anti aircraft fire near St. Isaac’s Cathedral against a German air raid during the Siege of Leningrad, 1941. The blockade and encirclement of Leningrad was one of the longest and most horrific sieges in history, lasting 872 days between September 8th 1941 and January 27th 1944, when the weakened Axis …

Romanian IAR-81C aircraft inspected by Soviet personnel after a crash

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A Romanian IAR-81C aircraft being inspected by Soviet personnel after a crash, sometime between 1942 and 1944. The IAR-81C was an upgrade on Romania’s main WW2 fighter, IAR 80. The IAR 80 first flew in 1939, and at the time it was comparable in performance with similar aircrafts of more …

Russian old lady crying during the siege of Leningrad

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An old Russian lady sobbing among ruins during the siege of Leningrad. The blockade and encirclement of Leningrad was one of the longest and most horrific sieges in history, lasting 872 days between September 8th 1941 and January 27th 1944, when the weakened Axis forces were expelled by the Soviet …

Russian Katyusha rockets on the Eastern Front, 1941

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The Katyusha rockets were dreaded by German soldiers, which nicknamed them “Stalin’s organs”, due to the appearance of their launch pad and the terrifying sound they made. They were mentioned in many memoirs by German soldiers on the Eastern Front. The Katyusha Multiple Rocket Launcher was so effective that it’s …

Two Soviet women snipers sometime during World War II

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Two Soviet snipers, members of Sydir Kovpak’s partisan unit in the Ukrainian Communist resistance movement against Germany. Soviet women played an important role during WW2, with more than 800.000 serving in various branches of the USSR armed forces. More than 50% of the medical personnel was also female. Major-General Sydir …