Valentin Sidorov (Russian, b.1928), The Young Soldier, 1952. Oil on canvas, 31½ x 23½in. (80 x 59.7cm.)
Soviet troops armed with light machine guns attack German positions during the Battle of Stalingrad. The heavy losses inflicted on the Wehrmacht make it arguably the most strategically decisive battle of the whole war. It was a turning point in the war in Europe; the German forces never regaining the initiative in the East and withdrawing vast military force from […]
Soviet soldiers manning a 45 mm anti-tank gun in front of Vyborg Castle, June 1944.
Assembling the self-propelled gun ISU-152 “Zveroboy” (Hypericum) on the Soviet Chelyabinsk Kirov Plant (CHKZ). Howitzer Cannon ML-20S 152.4 mm caliber mounted in a frame on the armor plate, which will then be installed in an armored combat vehicle cabin. The weight of the projectile from the gun-howitzer ML-20 – 43 kilograms.
JS-2 overcomes the concrete anti-tank “dragon’s teeth“. East Prussia, 3rd Belorussian Front, January 1945
General Vassily Chuikov inspects sniper Vassili Zaitsev’s rifle
Soviet officers play dominoes in the field