The Great Patriotic War 1941 – 1945 – Pictures from the Russian Archives

A selection of pictures from the Russian Archives Ria Novosti about what, the Russians call, the Great Patriotic War. Known in the west as the Eastern Front. Men, materiel, vehicles, courage, victory, it’s all in these photo’s!

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800px-RIAN_archive_607047_Great_Patriotic_War_of_1941-45Soviet army troops advance in the area of Boguchar. South-Western Front

800px-RIAN_archive_851291_Soviet_soldiers_in_Great_Patriotic_WarPrivate V. Safonov admitted as a member of the All-Union Leninist Young Communist League.

RIAN_archive_603595_Soldiers_of_the_Great_Patriotic_WarSoldiers of the Great Patriotic War. Fire at the enemy. 1941. Russia

RIAN_archive_303890_A_battery_of_Katyusha_during_the_1941-1945_Great_Patriotic_WarA battery of Katyusha rocket launchers firing at the enemy, German forces, during the Battle of Stalingrad in 6 October 1942

RIAN_archive_60680_Sappers_during_the_1941-1945_Great_Patriotic_WarSappers detonate mines found in Bulgarian waters

RIAN_archive_178610_Moscow_Avenue_in_Leningrad_led_to_the_front_during_the_1941-1945_Great_Patriotic_War“Moscow Avenue in Leningrad led to the front during the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War”. A military unit marches to the front along Moscow Avenue in Leningrad. December 1941.

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RIAN_archive_613694_Red_Army_men_are_on_offensive_near_BryanskRed Army tanks and skirmish line on the offensive near Bryansk

RIAN_archive_613474_Red_Army_men_attacking“Red Army men attacking”. The Great Patriotic War: Red Army men attacking. 1941 photo.

800px-RIAN_archive_611869_Armored_breakthrough_at_the_Visla_beachhead“Armored breakthrough at the Visla beachhead”. Armored breakthrough at the Visla beachhead. 1st Belorussian Front.

RIAN_archive_633180_Stream_crossing“Stream crossing”. Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945. 1st Ukrainian Front. Stream crossing.

800px-RIAN_archive_281_Soviet_scouts_enter_Yukhnov“Soviet scouts enter Yukhnov”. Soviet scouts enter Yukhnov. The Western Front.

RIAN_archive_66025_Before_Attack“Before Attack”. Soldiers reading a combat leaflet before attack.

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RIAN_archive_87381_Radio_operator_receives_communique“Radio operator receives communique”. Radio operator receives Soviet Information Bureau communique during the Great Patriotic War.

800px-RIAN_archive_62392_Armored_train“Armored train”. The depot’s railwaymen near an armored train during the Great Patriotic War.

399px-RIAN_archive_67318_Soviet_sappers“Soviet sappers”. Soviet sappers defuse explosive devices

800px-RIAN_archive_46802_The_defense_of_Moscow“The defense of Moscow”. Heavy gun crew firing at enemy positions during the Great Patriotic War.

800px-RIAN_archive_716031_Gunners_of_the_19th_Guards_Rifle_Regiment“Gunners of the 19th Guards Rifle Regiment”. Gunners of the 19th Guards Rifle Regiment. 8th Guards Panfilov Division. North-Western front. 1943.

800px-RIAN_archive_602484_Joining_of_Leningrad_and_Volkhov_Fronts“Joining of Leningrad and Volkhov Fronts”. The Great Patriotic War. Troops of Leningrad and Volkhov Fronts united near workers settlement #5.

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RIAN_archive_633408_Fighting_in_the_vicinities_of_Moscow“Fighting in the vicinities of Moscow”. The Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945. Fighting in the vicinities of Moscow was fierce.

800px-RIAN_archive_604273_Barricades_on_city_streets“Barricades on city streets”. Barricades on city streets.

800px-RIAN_archive_887721_Defense_of_Moscow“Defense of Moscow”. Anti-aircraft giunners on the roof of Moscow’s central Hotel “Moskva”.

410px-RIAN_archive_607893_A_Soviet_scouting_unit“A Soviet scouting unit”. The 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War against Nazi Germany. A Red Army scouting unit comprising motorcyclists and armored cars enroute to the front.

RIAN_archive_606710_Tank_assault_force_in_Korsun-Shevchenkovski_region“Tank assault force in Korsun-Shevchenkovski region”. The Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945. Tank assault force on T-26 in Korsun-Shevchenkovski region. 1944.

RIAN_archive_61150_Great_Patriotic_WarWorld War II. Soldiers of the Byelorussian Front during a short respite after fighting.

RIAN_archive_491037_The_1941-1945_Great_Patriotic_WarGerman soldiers surrendering near Vitovka village on the Bryansk Front

800px-RIAN_archive_600582_The_Great_Patriotic_War_of_1941-1945Column of BA-10M armoured cars. Leningrad Front breakthrough. Photo was taken in winter of 1942.

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