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Historical photo collection 2 (world war II - Volchov)

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A selection of meanwhile historical photographs from our family archives. Topic is the 2. World war (Russian Front - Volkhov River (Volchov), Leningrad). The war photographs come from a 1944 killed soldier.
The original title is written by the German soldier.

Royal place Munich 1940

 The impression of the place with the gigantic banner is pompoes and tasteless
Gostilizy Sept. 1941
 The photo gives an idea of the beauty of the landscape.
Hunting seat Gostilizy. South of Peterhof. Oct. 1941
 The castle was burned down during the fights between counter-revolutionary troops and the Red Army after the First World War. Today there are only a few remains of the walls...
Church and german graves Gostilizy. Later on cinema and service club. Oct. 1941
 The graves were moved later on the central cemetery Narva.
Gostilizy Winter 41-42

 The first winter in “Leningrad Oblast“ (Ingria) brought 52 degrees minus at the Celsius temperature scale.
Observation post Lrekino. Winter 41-42. Major Mueller and General of the artillery Wodrich (Wodrig)

 Even the enemies still believed in a German victory.
Battalion command post Srekino. Generals Thiemann, Wodrich and Major Mueller. Winter 41-42

 Corrected: Major Walter Mueller, General Tiemann and General Wodrig.
On the march to the Volchov. April 1942

 Annually two mud periods (spring and autumn) obstructed the actions.
On the way to the Volchov April 1942
 During the mud periods, “corduroy roads” were built by the pioneers.
A road at the Volchov. April 1942
 The mud brought temporarily the supply of the troops to succumbing.
Krasnoje-Selo. Entrain for Volchov. April 1942.
 The backbone of the troop supply in the “Wehrmacht“ were horse-drawn vehicles.
March to the Volchov. April 1942
 The daily transport capacity on these “runways” was probably very low.
March at the Volchov. Our vehicles.
 Tross-Kolonne - This old German word from the military language means something like “unit train“. Today, it means the whole of the troops supply with all accessories.
March to the Volchov. April 1942
 A field kitchen works its way through the mud (“goulash gun“ is the nickname for a field kitchen in the German military language).
Advance to the Volchov.
 Heavy covered wagon.
Walter W. Kronoje-Selo April 1942
 (Krasnoje Selo) In the background the palace of the Czar.
By dive bombers destroyed soviet tanks. Volchov. May 1942
 The devastating effect of dive bombers (germ. Stuka = Sturzkampfbomber).
By dive bomber destroyed soviet tanks. Volchov, May 1942
 Tanks did not have to be hit directly by bomb to destroy them.
Prisoner from Volchov
 “Ivans“ was the nickname for Russian solders in the language of the “Landser“ (Landser - singular and plural - means ordinary German soldiers, derived from Landsknechte => pikemen).
Crew bunker Volchov 5. company
 Around these trunks earth was heaped.
Noon at the Volchov. On our bunker..
 An almost complete built front “bunker“.
Thus we live! Food supply reloading point at the Volchov
 During heavy combat missions was particularly the food supply well. Because: “An army marches on its stomach.“
Volchov. Soviet Tank. May 1942
 A KV 1 tank. Until the “Tiger” and “Phanter” tanks was constructed, the KV 1 was the best tank of the war and nearly undestroyable by German Tanks.“DEATH THE GERMAN OCCUPANTS“ is written here on the turret
Volchov. Our mansion. Command post 7. company. May 1942
 An almost peaceful picture of the front.
Food supply bombs of the Luftwaffe near the Volchov river. April - May 1942
 Prisoners of war were used behind the “HKL“ (Hauptkampflinie => main combat line) for working.
A heavy tank, shot out of action, as command post 1. platoon 7. company. June 1942
 A KV tank, the forerunner of IS (Joseph Stalin) tank series (later T-10).
Volchov. Sgt. T.,, shoots propaganda ammunition.
 Juli 1942
 A leaflet mortar?
Volchov. Destroyed soviet Tank. July 1942
 A KV tank, the forerunner of IS (Joseph Stalin) tank series.
Volchov. Trail sign, battalion command post. July 1942
 “The Russians can not take our sense of humor ...!“
March from Volchov to Ljuban. July - August. 1942
 Amazing accomplishments were performed in marching.
Station Ljuban. August 1942
 Railroads were a preferential target of partisans.
Corduroy road. Return march from the river Volchov Aug. 1942
 The consumption of horses in the army was immense.

Anti-tank gun position Koplino. August. 1942
 Amazing masses of earth were moved with heel and spade. (Kolpino)
Anti-tank ditch before Koplino. August 1942
 Amazing masses of earth were moved with heel and spade. (Kolpino)
Sergeant T. August. 1942
 In the background is a marked mine field visible.
A few men of the signal corps. Krassni-Bor. August 1942
 In the bunkers they had to crouch to move (Krasnij Bor).
  Position 7. company railway embankment, Neva. Sept. 1942
 It seems to be a solved atmosphere.
View from the position of the 7. company to Tossna and the Battalion command post. Sept. 1942
 Meant probably is the destroyed city of Tosno.
View from observation post to the battalion command post. Sept. 1942
 One of thousands of destroyed villages.
Battalion cemetery Neva. Sept. 1942
 The number of casualties rose.
Surprising artillery raid on a hostile position. Sept. 1942
 Shells exploding in the enemy position.
Gangboard to the 7. company over the Tossna (Tosna) river. Sept. 1942
 Obviously, the soldier repairs a grenade impact point.
Neva bow. Battalion command post. Sept. 1942
 This scene appears to be in a old fortress of the Czar.
Newa bow western part. Iwanowskoje. Sept. 1942br />  Distant artillery or bomb impacts.
Position 5. company, Neva. Sept. 1942
 Main combat line directly at the for the besieged city of Leningrad very important railway line.
Position 5. company, Neva. Sept. 1942
 This ditch might likewise run along the railway line.
Destroyed soviet oil tank wagons, in front of our position at Neva bow. Sept 1942
 The only of all photos that shows a corpse (low right in the picture).
Advance to Kholm. November 1942
 Near Kholm the military unit was deployed in fights against partisans.
Advance to Kholm. November 1942
 The area around Cholm was at this time “nearly still unaffected by the war“.
Advance to Kholm. November 1942
 The frozen soil facilitated the marching.
Mortar position. Dec.42 or Jan.43
 This mortar fired 8 cm shells..
Remscheid - Machine-gun position Kholm. March 1943
 Machine gun “MG-34” in action. German cities were the camouflage names of firing positions - in this case Remscheid.
Remscheid - Machine-gun position Kholm. March 1943
 Machine gun “MG-34”.
Regiment command post. Febr. 1944
 In the foreground a motorcycle despatch rider.
Corporal R... Regiment command post. Febr. 1944
 An NCO in winter equipment.
Soviet 32t tank
 A “BT-7” tank.
Battalion command post. Lrekino
 In the foreground Major Mueller.
Artillery attack on a russian transformer station.
 The destruction of the infrastructure should bring the besieged city of Leningrad surrender.
Pass over the Luga river

 A german assault boat.
 A cannibalized russian rocket launcher (Katyusha). The german nickname of this weapon was Stalinorgel (Stalin's organ).
Railway loading in Ljuban-Szablino (Sablino)
 The railway wagon seems to be in a desolate condition.
Narva. On the left is the german castle, the russian fortress on the right.
 Today this river is again the border of Russia and Estonia.
Road calls itself this.
 Not only these difficulties in the USSR were underestimated by the Germans.
Our platoon leaders
 The uniforms of the men on this picture seems to be too clean for the eastern front (possibly in France?)

 2cm Flak half-track vehicle (Sd.Kfz. 10).

 Destroyed cannon, blown up by the crew - or by a barrel burst. Possibly in France?

 Chassis of a tank (Sd. Kfz. 101 - Panzer 1 type A) [converted tank]. (Photo: army group south - Picture is not from Gruber!).

 Kloeckner Deutz A3000 military truck.

 2cm Flak half-track vehicle (Sd.Kfz. 10) in combat action.

 Proudly show the men the medals. Eiserne Kreuze (Iron Crosses) were highly coveted since Mr. Hitler had received such a medal in World War I.

 Apparently during a break while marching.
Our assault gun

 Assault gun. Type: StuG III V E with a short 7.5cm L/24 cannon.
Czar palace Krasnoye Selo

 Palace in Tsarskoye Selo before the the bombardment by Soviet artillery 1944.
Examination of 2 shotgun dames

 Obviously partisan were not immediately executed. Female partisans were termed “shotgun dames“ by the nazis.

 Apparently this man distributes food.



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