Stalingrad WW II - Hell on Earth 20 incredible pictures form the greatest battle of all times - History Key

Stalingrad WW II – Hell on Earth 20 incredible pictures form the greatest battle of all times

The Battle for Stalingrad (now Volgograd, Southern Russia), will remain one of the biggest references when it comes about war history. It took place between 23 August 1942 and 2 February 1943, on the Eastern Front of WW2. Nazi Germany together with its allies, deployed troops in what had to became an enormous coffin. Hitler’s great obsession for capturing the city, led to disastrous results. The Stalingrad Battle is regarded as the bloodiest and largest in the history of warfare. Around two and a half million of soldiers were deployed, resulting in 2 million of wounded, killed or captured.

The entire 6th German Army was destroyed at Stalingrad. They were surrounded and overrun, having no supplies or functional communications. Hitler ordered that surrender wasn’t an option, so the soldiers were doomed and destined to die. Around the beginning of February 1943, after months of heavy fighting in the encirclement, the survivors of the 6th German Army remained without any food or ammunition, having as only option to surrender. Beside the German 6th Army, there were also Romanian, Hungarian, Italian and Croatian troops:

– The German lost 900 aircrafts, 500 tanks and 400.000 soldiers.

– The Romanian lost 200.00 soldiers.

– 130.000 Italian soldiers were killed or captured.

– 120.000 Hungarians were killed.

– The USSR had 1,129,619 casualties, among killed, wounded or missing.

History Key made a selection for you, 20 images all from the Stalingrad Battle and immediate surroundings. For a moment, try to imagine how it was there.

1. German soldier in the city’s ruins.

German soldier
German soldier © Haine Kurt / Image Source: newyorkhotelsmotels.info

Note how he’s using a Soviet PPSh machine gun, instead of German equipment.

2. Piled frozen bodies.

Piled frozen bodies
Piled frozen bodies © Image Source: Twitter.com

3. Frozen German soldier, used as street sign.

Frozen German soldier
Frozen German soldier © Image Source: Facepunch.com

It was common for Soviet soldier to mistreat the bodies of dead German soldiers.

4. Rare moment of relax between battles.

German soldiers celebrated
German soldiers celebrated © Image Source: histomil.com

Group of German soldiers are having a cup of what seems to be champagne.

5. Crashed German fighter plane

German Messerschmitt Bf-109 fighter, Stalingrad
German Messerschmitt Bf-109 fighter, Stalingrad © Image Source: Reddit.com

6. Soviet troops waving the red flag at the end of a battle. 

A Soviet soldier near the central plaza of Stalingrad
A Soviet soldier near the central plaza of Stalingrad © Image Source: thecrux.com

7. Moment of relax for Soviet soldiers

Soviet soldiers
Soviet soldiers © Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

8. Soviet troops attacking

Soviet soldiers
Soviet soldiers © Image Source: STF/AFP/Jurnalul.ro

9. German soldiers around the Red October factory

German soldiers around the Red October factory - Stalingrad Ruins © Image Source:
German soldiers around the Red October factory – Stalingrad Ruins © Image Source: Picssr.com/Flickr

10. Soviet combat nurse, bandaging a wounded soldier during an attack.

Soviet combat nurse, bandaging a wounded soldier
Soviet combat nurse, bandaging a wounded soldier © Image Source: excursions-volgograd.ru

11. German soldiers returning from battle. Note their look.

German soldiers
German soldiers © Image Source: Pinterest.com

12. German soldier bandaging wounded civilian.

German soldier tends to a wounded civilian
German soldier tends to a wounded civilian © Image Source: buzzly.fr

13. Fountain in the central Stalingrad square – one of the symbols of the battle.

Statue in the center of Stalingrad after Nazi air strikes, 1942
Statue in the center of Stalingrad after Nazi air strikes, 1942 © Image Source: Imgur.com/Pinterest

14. German soldier sniper shot.

German soldier sniper shot
German soldier sniper shot © Image Source: Pinterest.com

Not an execution, considering that he was fully equipped.

15. Soviet assault troops fighting in the city ruins.

Soviet assault troops fighting in the city ruins
Soviet assault troops fighting in the city ruins © Image Source: Pinterest.com

One of them is equipped with full steel body armor and the other is operating a flamethrower.

16. Dead German soldier with the grenade in his hand

Dead German soldier with the grenade in his hand
Dead German soldier with the grenade in his hand © Image Source: Pinterest.com

17. German soldier smoking pipes in a moment of relax after a battle around the Red October factory.

German soldier smoking pipes in a moment of relax
German soldier smoking pipes in a moment of relax © Image Source: Westwall.ru

18. Soviet troops inside the Red October factory.

They are using a German MG machine gun, very probably captured during the clashes inside the factory.

Soviet troops inside the Red October factory
Soviet troops inside the Red October factory © Image Source: comgun.ru

19. The 100 yards stare

German Soldier
German Soldier © Image Source: Pinterest.com

20. The surrender of Friedrich Paulus, the Commander of the German 6th Army

The surrender of Friedrich Paulus
The surrender of Friedrich Paulus © Image Source: Twitter.com

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