Tuesday, February 02, 2010

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Children from Stalingrad returning to school after the battle.

The Battle of Stalingrad ended on February 2, 1943

Sixty seven years ago today.

The battle is widely acknowledged as representing the turning point of WWII and according to Wikipedia it was the bloodiest battle in the history of warfare with a total of 1,2 – 1,8 million casualties (killed, wounded, missing, and sick, counting both sides of the conflict)

The photo is from an remarkable series taken immediately after the battle by a Soviet photographer previously unknown to me: Strunnikov, the entire series can be seen here

Of special note is this one - I can't remember seeing a more grim depiction of military defeat.

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Panzer Sdkfz 250 & 251
Halftracks in a vehicle dump after the battle of Stalingrad. The 14'th, 16'th and 24'th Panzer divisions were completely destroyed in the battle.
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