Kolor fotografije (kolorisane) bitke za Staljingrad


Northwest of Stalingrad, tank borne infantry leap from their carriers to attack Nazi troops on the retreat. After five months of  defensive maneuvering the Red Army leaped into action in January 1943 and began to push back against the German 6th Army. Tanks were as useful as moving cover as they were for their offensive capabilities

Political officers assigned to the Red Army boosted fighting morale by convincing the ordinary soldier that their's was a struggle for the civilians behind the lines who the Nazis wanted to enslave. Pictured: a Russian officer leading an offensive armed with a pistol

The Fuhrer was convinced the Russians were at their last gasp

He was exultant when in June ‘Operation Blue’ enabled his armies to occupy new swathes of central Russia

The first German air attacks killed between 10,000 and 40,000 people — almost as many as died in the entire London blitz. Shellfire and bombs rained down on the city, day after day and week upon week

The sniper Anatoly Chechov told of his despair when he shot his first German. He said: 'I felt terrible. I had killed a human being. But then I thought of our people - and I started to mercilessly fire on them. I've become a barbaric person, I kill them. I hate them.' When he was interviewed, he had already killed 40 Germans - most of them with a shot to the head. Pictured: a Russian sniper

Bitka za Staljingrad je ključna i najveća bitka velikog rata. On je i prekretnica u ratu.

German soldiers use the evening light to approach a Russian outpost on the outskirts of Stalingrad

Štuka pilot Herbert Pabst je rekao kako mu je delovalo nemoguće da ruski ljudi prežive u takvim uslovima, sa uništenim zgradama i fabrikama, u rupama na velikoj hladnoći.

Two German soldiers hold their ground and take cover as they fire from a derelict building

The battle cost the German army a quarter of everything it possessed by way of material - guns, tanks and munitions. It was a defeat from which it never recovered

German Air Force troops armed with MP 40 submachine guns would secure areas taken by regular Army troops. When the Wehrmacht were on the offensive the Air Force was responsible for consolidating territory. Here, heavily armed troopers can be seen searching through bombed out houses

Some soldiers were reduced to cannibalism in order to stay alive in the ruins of Stalingrad as the mercury plunged to -40C

Both sides were chronically short of food and water. The few surviving civilians suffered terribly, eking a troglodyte existence in cellars

Initially, the German forces were bolstered by 3,000 artillery pieces which they used to bombard the city

German soldiers carrying a MG 34 machine gun prepare to assault a Soviet position in Stalingrad. The can be seen wearing Stahlhelm - German for 'steel helmet'. These became standard issue during World War 1 when the Imperial German Army began to replace the traditional boiled leather Pickelhaube (spiked combat helmet) in 1916

The city's famous fountain - 'Children dance' - was at the time situated on the Station Square. Here it is seen against the backdrop of a burning municipal building in the aftermath of a Nazi air raid

A lone German lieutenant sits among the ruins of a Stalingrad factory. On August 23rd 1942, the German 16th were tasked with destroying the Stalingrad Tractor Factory - which had been refitted to manufacture tanks

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