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Soviet soldiers advance through the snow-covered ruins during the Battle of Stalingrad. The Axis offensive to capture Stalingrad began on 23 August 1942 and would culminate in one of the bloodiest and most destructive battles in military history. The Axis suffered 850,000 total casualties (wounded, killed, captured) 400,000 Germans, 200,000 Romanians, 130,000 Italians, and 120,000 Hungarians,Volgograd Oblast, Russia, Soviet Union. January 1943.

Soviet soldiers advance through the snow-covered ruins during the Battle of Stalingrad. The Axis offensive to capture Stalingrad began on 23 August 1942 and would culminate in one of the bloodiest and most destructive battles in military history. The Axis suffered 850,000 total casualties (wounded, killed, captured) 400,000 Germans, 200,000 Romanians, 130,000 Italians, and 120,000 Hungarians,Volgograd Oblast, Russia, Soviet Union. January 1943.

Bodies of dead German soldiers in Stalingrad. Copyright photo title: 'Rift Germans in the boiler'.

Bodies of dead German soldiers in Stalingrad. Copyright photo title: 'Rift Germans in the boiler'.

Stalingrad after the battle, 1943. German POWs on their way to a preliminary collective point. They pass the hard-fought grain elevator.  "An den immer wieder heiß umkämpften Getreidesilos werden deutsche Kriegsgefangene nach Süden getrieben."

Stalingrad after the battle, 1943. German POWs on their way to a preliminary collective point. They pass the hard-fought grain elevator. "An den immer wieder heiß umkämpften Getreidesilos werden deutsche Kriegsgefangene nach Süden getrieben."

RAW WW2 HISTORY REDEFINED: German Soldiers: Unseen Large Images From The Battle Of STALINGRAD

RAW WW2 HISTORY REDEFINED: German Soldiers: Unseen Large Images From The Battle Of STALINGRAD

Tractor Factory building (still standing in 2015).  Machine tools have been taken out to be loaded on train cars to get them away from Stalingrad.  Some of the trains stranded in Stalingrad were loaded with such equipment.

Tractor Factory building (still standing in 2015). Machine tools have been taken out to be loaded on train cars to get them away from Stalingrad. Some of the trains stranded in Stalingrad were loaded with such equipment.

[Photo] Russian city of Stalingrad during the namesake battle, Oct 1942 | World War II Database

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