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emmanuil noevich evzerikhin - stay till death (world war II)

The wounded soldier stands stoically with the roar of mortars manned by his faceless comrades firing in the background. This photograph, taken near the end of the war by Emmanuel Evzerikhin, plays with light and dark like the best Soviet war photography.

photographer Mark Markov-Grinberg, snapped this pic in 1943. Became one of the most common images of the war, a symbol of courage and heroism of Soviet soldiers.

World War II - Russian soldier advancing, 1943 © Mark Markov-Grinberg

A battery of German 88mm Flak (for “Flugzeugabwehrkanone”, or aircraft defense cannon) guns is seen firing into a formation of RAF night bombers almost five miles above them. It is likely that more Allied bombers were lost to German anti-aircraft fire than to enemy fighters. A central radar unit could control all guns simultaneously, causing barrages of hundreds of shell bursts in one general area and altitude. Though the bombers could not shoot back, Flak was less glorious but quite lethal.

German 88 millimeter anti aircraft guns firing at Allied aircraft.

Finnish soldiers sometimes took fallen, frozen Soviet soldiers and posed them upright as psychological warfare to intimidate Soviet troops. During the Winter War, many of the soldiers were from the south and hadn’t ever experienced harsh winter conditions and ended up freezing to death due to lack of supplies.

Finnish defenders sometimes took fallen, frozen Russian soldiers and posed them upright as psychological warfare.Body of frozen Soviet soldier propped up by Finnish fighters to intimidate Soviet troops, 1939


Consumerism, Battle, Soldiers

MG34 in front of StuG:s

German machine gun crew firing with MG 34 during Operation Barbarossa Part of Army Group North


Helmets, rifles and jungle boots tell a grim tale of the action fought by the Brigade, airborne paratroopers in Operation Wheeler near Chu Lai. This battlefield memorial honors the soldiers killed during the offensive between September and November

A Little French Girl Gives An American Soldier A Kiss On Valentine’s Day, 1945

Armored Division technician Alvin Harley with a little French girl on Valentine's Day, 14 Feb 1945 // this image makes my day every time I see it.



500px / Untitled photo by John Kenny  I would like to know the story behind this.  Reminds me of the one in National Geographic  of the Afgahn girl when the soviets went into Afganistan in 1979...same eyes.

West African Societies Beautiful Photography by John Kenny taken with Africa's remotest tribes. Fine art prints in black and white, also colour, are available to buy in signed, limited editions. Facing Africa: the book is out now

A copy of the Leica rangefinders from the Soviet Union circa 1956, just look at its beauty...


is a 35 mm rangefinder camera, manufactured by Krasnogorsky Mekhanichesky Zavod (KMZ) .

Through Soviet-Jewish Eyes: Photography, War, and the Holocaust

To read: Through Soviet-Jewish Eyes: Photography, War and the Holocaust by David Shneer