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November 26, 2021

Amazing Historical Photos of the Great Patriotic War

The Great Patriotic War is a term used in Russia and some other former republics of the Soviet Union to describe the conflict fought during the period from June 22, 1941 to May 9, 1945 along the many fronts of the Eastern Front of World War II, primarily between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany.

The Great Patriotic War

For some legal purposes, this period may be extended to May 11, 1945 to include the end of the Prague Offensive.

The end of the Great Patriotic War is commemorated on the 9th of May. Here below is a set of amazing historical photos of the Great Patriotic War from 1941 to 1945.

The first day of the war. Moscow, June 22, 1941. October 25 Street, 12.00. Citizens listen to Vyacheslav Molotov about the beginning of the war

Ashes of the houses burnt by Germans, November 1941

Children hide from bombing, somewhere in the southwest of the USSR, June 22, 1941

During the air raid. Muscovites at one of the metro stations, 1941

Marines, the Subarctic, 1941

Siege of Leningrad, 1941

The armored train built by workers of one of the Moscow depots, 1941

The camouflaged building of the Manezh, Moscow, winter 1941

The military parade, Moscow, 1941

The Subarctic, deer Yasha, 1941

A captive German, 1942

A Russian woman after the German attack, 1942

For the last journey on sled, Leningrad, fall 1942

Slovak Jews being sent to Auschwitz, Poprad Station, Slovakia, March 1942

A private meets his survived sisters, Karachaev, 1943. Their father and mother were killed by Germans

Children in the ruined town of Zhizdra in Kaluga Oblast, Russia, 1943. This town was occupied by Germans, all buildings were destroyed and all employable people were sent to Germany

Novorossiysk, spring 1943

On August 5, 1943, Belgorod and Orel were finally liberated from Nazi invaders. In honor of this event, for the first time during the war, a salute was given on Red Square. Moscow celebrates their liberation

Residents return to liberated Smolensk, September 1943

The Khitrov family. Nikolay Khitrov received the order of the Patriotic War because he destroyed 6 German tanks during one fight. But he didn’t receive the order by himself, he was killed in 1943

The liberated Rostov-on-Don, 1943. A German inscription means ‘an employment office’

The residents of Orel greet the soldiers of the Red Army, August 5, 1943

A laundry, Sevastopol, May 1944

A salute in liberated Sevastopol, May 1944

A Soviet soldier near the captured Finnish bunker, 1944. Summer 1944, Finland terminated the military alliance with Nazi Germany and made peace with the USSR

Bulgaria celebrates the liberation from fascists, 1944

Captured, Sevastopol, May 1944

Children play with an abandoned weapon on Nakhimov Avenue, liberated Sevastopol, May 1944

Liberators, Sevastopol, May 1944

Marines, Sevastopol, May 1944

Partisans, 1944

Swing, Nikolaev oblast, Ukrainian SSR, 1944

The column of returning refugees, summer 1944

YAK-3 over the Sapun Mountain in Sevastopol, May 1944

A Soviet traffic-controller, May 1, 1945

Budapest, February 1945

Evgeny Dolmatovsky near the Brandenburg Gate. A souvenir of the victory, May 2, 1945

Meeting long-awaited liberators. The city of Karachev, 1945

Sevastopol, May 1945

Soviet soldiers in a tram, Berlin, Germany, May 1945

The children liberated from the Auschwitz concentration camp, January 1945

The Moscow celebrations, 1945

The victory flag over the Reichstag, Berlin, Germany, May 2, 1945

The Victory Parade in Moscow. Evgeny Khaldei at the shooting, June 24, 1945




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