100+ Amazing and Graphic Images From the Eastern Front (WW2) – Page 4
Soviet troops relax atop a captured German Panzer IV. Note the schürzen slat armor applied to the tank. This was to be standard equipment for all Panzer III, IV and Panther tanks made after 1943. However poor German supply lines and inability to manufacture said armor made such widespread application impossible.
Soviets cheer over captured German Panthers. The Soviets actually used very few captured Panthers as late war German armor was often badly designed and manufacturing quality was extremely poor. The Panther in particular was infamous for requiring a complete transmission rebuild every 150 kilometres due to terrible design and build quality.
Soviets atop British Matilda tanks, also provided through the lend-lease service. The Matilda was not actually liked by Soviet tankers. Despite this they still played a vital role in the defensive battles around Moscow in 1941.
Soviet soldiers and tanks charge into the battle of Kursk. It was the largest armor engagement in history and proved to be the decisive battle of the Eastern Front. After this the German offensive disintegrated and the Soviet’s momentum carried them all the way to Berlin.
Commander’s view from German tank, T34 was hit prior to photo by tank taking photo.
A captured T-34 of the 120th Artillery Regiment of the Italian Army in Russia. The forces in Russia were sent by Mussolini to win favor with Hitler. All Italian soldiers pulled out of Russia in 1943 after suffering massive casualties. They never recovered.
Soldiers of the Soviet Baltic Fleet guard a trench outside Leningrad. The Soviet Naval Infantry were some of the fiercest fighters in the war and are still one of the most effective units in the world today.
Romanian soldiers pose by a StuG on the road to Stalingrad. Their operations in Russia were later crushed by Soviet Operation Uranus, destroying their forces on the Don river and trapping them inside Stalingrad. These men likely died in the city.
Soldiers of the Spainish “Blue Division” man their machine gun. The involvement of Spanish troops is one of the relatively unknown events of WW2 on the Eastern Front. The Blue Division was often praised by foe and friend alike for their impeccable and honorable conduct both on and off the battlefield.