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Eastern Front: WW2: Rare Pictures

This German tankman has had enough

The Germans have captured the Russian town. They will tear off the 'offending' pictures later.

Early days of the war in Russia. It is the Wehrmacht all the way. The Russians were in ignominious retreat from everywhere


Crossing the Russian river. The rains and the subsequent slush were yet to be experienced by the Germans



He looks happy. A Russian village burns in the background











Top German generals eyeing the Russian lands to be won.








The start of Barbarossa. Germans crouch and watch as the bombardment of the Soviet frontier area begins


The Russian soldiers were surrendering by the millions





These Germans are enjoying a drink






German tanks trundle into Kharkov


Hitler on a visit to the Russian front. He peers into the periscope

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