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HISTORY IN IMAGES: Pictures Of War, History , BATTLE FOR STALINGRAD: The most brutal fighting; it turned the tide against Nazi Germany (LARGE IMAGES)

German radiomen come under fire somewhere on the Eastern Front, summer 1941. Note the substantial whip antenna of the main radio unit. The artillery shell explosion is too close for comfort -- and the men around the radioman, who remains cool, shrink instinctively.

Vision of hell. German machine-gunner in the burning heart of Zhitomir. Ukraine, in November 1943. The town fell to the Russians on November 12, 1943

The Siege of St. Petersburg (The Leningrad Blockade) was one of the most brutal acts in WWII--Germans & Finns choked off the city for over 800 days--many starved and froze to death--survivors resorted to desperate measures for warmth and food. This seems to be a background event in WWII, but it was one of the most destructive, strategic, complicated, and lethal blockades in history and many people don't know about it. I learned of it reading City of Thieves by Davi Benioff.

The Barrikady Gun Factory and the Krasnyi Oktyabr' Metallurgical Factory. Zoom in for more detail.