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Unseen Rare Images From Battle Of Stalingrad: Large Pictures: Part 2

 A German soldier fastens the Nazi flag onto  a building in Stalingrad. October 1942


 Germans fire with the machine-gun MG 34


 Nikita Khrushchev (right) with other top officers of the Soviet Military Tribunal for the South-Western Front

Wolfram von Richthofen, commander of the Fourth Air Fleet, with 1500 aircraft under his command had orders from Hitler that Stalingrad was to be destroyed.


 1943. Stalingrad. Russian engineers work on a captured German Messerschmitt BF 109'


October 1942. Russian soldiers fire away from a building in the "Red October" Factory. Stalingrad.

The Italians at Stalingrad. The Garibaldi Eight Army moves along the Don, summer 1942. The Italians were placed between the Hungarian Second Army and the Romanian  Third Army. he Italians were poorly equipped.

German soldiers advance into Stalingrad with a Stug 3. It was meant to blast away buildings but it fared poorly in that. More ever it was easy target for Russian tanks.

 The corpse of a German soldier at the direction sign at Stalingrad. February 1943.

Stalingrad. 1947. After it was all over. German POW made to work as laborers. Here they are clearing the rubble.

German prisoners  loading a lorry with bricks in Stalingrad. 1947.

German soldiers using the light infantry gun 7,5 cm LeIG 18 change the position of the gun during the battle of Stalingrad. September 1942.

German tanks in the great bend of the Don. July 1942.

German troops in the great bend of the Don. July 1942.

The Luftwaffe, after Goering's boast convinced Hitler, began supplying the beleaguered Sixth Army by air from November 23, 1942. But heavy losses of aircraft made it impossible to maintain the 300 tons supply every day.

Daily air supply rarely reached 300 tons. Soviet POW got little or no food. Hundred died of starvation.

December 1942. Despair and hunger is writ large on the face of this German soldier.

The famous mill after the battle of Stalingrad, July - August 1943.

Commander of the 6th Army, Friedrich von Paulus at the headquarters of the 76th Infantry Division. Stalingrad, 1942.

Germans loading a brand new Nebelwefer. It was part of the last major German offensive on November 11, 1942

A Russian Hiwi (Hilfswillige or volunteer helper) a collaborator at Stalingrad. They were used by the Germans to infiltrate Russian positions to get information. A captured Hiwi was handed over to the NKVD before execution.
The commander of the 4th Air Force V. Richthofen (with binoculars) and the commander of the 16th Armored Division H. Hube watching the bombardment of Stalingrad August 23, 1942.

September, 1942. As the fighting went on German casualties rose alarmingly

As a lot of ammunition was being used up in the fighting in Stalingrad, the Germans had to build a rail track to Kalach for a regular supply

AS the Soviet encirclement became complete, German troops headed back into the apparent safety of Stalingrad. Here groups of soldiers reach Gomruk airfield

Stalingrad six months after the end of hostilities. Summer 1943.

The man who broke the Wehrmacht at Stalingrad. The commander of the 62nd Army, Lieutenant General VI Chuikov at the command post.

A German tank Pz.Kpfw. III. and other military trucks lie destroyed in Stalingrad. 1943.

A German non-commissioned officer with captured Soviet sub-machine gun PPS hiding behind a bunch of plant debris. Stalingrad, September-October 1942

German soldiers with a MG 34 machine-gun prepare for battle. Stalingrad. September-October 1942

Two German soldiers support a wounded comrade to the aid station. With low medical supplies after the encirclement, an injury meant almost certain death in Stalingrad.

After it beacme clear the the Sixth Army was doomed, the specialists were given preference in the evacuation by air.

German soldiers from the 3rd Motorised Division wait grimly for the inevitable Soviet attack on the western tip of the Stalingrad periphery

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