Designed in 1927 and manufactured in Tula, USSR/Russia in 1941, serial number 6531. 7,62x54mmR - the longest serving military rifle cartridge and one of the last rimmed ones still in service - 47 round pan magazine, gas operated fully automatic. I like these big goofy flash hiders.
Two female Russian soldiers with their Degtyaryov light machine gun, during the Siege of Leningrad, Jan 1943 -
The Siege of Leningrad, was a prolonged military operation undertaken by the German Army Group North against Leningrad—historically and currently known as Saint Petersburg. The siege started on 8 September 1941, when the last road to the city was severed. Although the Soviets managed to open a narrow land corridor to the city on 18 January 1943, the siege was finally lifted on 27 January 1944, 872 days after it began. It was one of the longest and most destructive sieges in history and overwhelmingly the most costly in terms of casualties.
The two-and-a-half year siege caused the greatest destruction and the largest loss of life ever known in a modern city. On Hitler’s express orders, most of the palaces of the Tsars, such as the Catherine Palace, Peterhof Palace, Ropsha, Strelna, Gatchina, and other historic landmarks located outside the city’s defensive perimeter were looted and then destroyed, with many art collections transported to Nazi Germany. A number of factories, schools, hospitals and other civil infrastructure were destroyed by air raids and long range artillery bombardment.
The 872 days of the siege caused unparalleled famine in the Leningrad region through disruption of utilities, water, energy and food supplies. This resulted in the deaths of up to 1,500,000 soldiers and civilians and the evacuation of 1,400,000 more, mainly women and children, many of whom died during evacuation due to starvation and bombardment. From Wikipedia