world war ii: eastern front


Smart, beautiful and deadly, 19 year old Russian sniper Roza Shanina had 54 confirmed kills during World War II.

<<OK so I know for a fact I’ve blogged most of these photos before but I sincerely don’t give a rat’s ass.  I have no qualms about reblogging Ms. Shanina 100 times a day if it suits me…hell, no doubt I could devote a blog entirely to her remarkable accomplishments.  I am totally intrigued and mesmerized by her.  And not simply because she is amazingly beautiful and modest and bold, but also because of the unequivocal expertise she displayed in her “trade”.  Maybe it’s also because she has that certain look about her like she might be just a little too shy to come up and talk to you…and yet have zero reservations about calmly dispatching your ass from 1000 meters.>>

Shanina volunteered for the military after the death of her brother in 1941 and chose to be a marksman on the front line. Praised for her shooting accuracy, Shanina was capable of precisely hitting moving enemy personnel and making doublets (two target hits by two rounds fired in quick succession).

Allied newspapers described Shanina as “the unseen terror of East Prussia”. She became the first Soviet female sniper to be awarded the Order of Glory and was the first servicewoman of the 3rd Belorussian Front to receive it. Shanina was killed in action during the East Prussian Offensive while shielding the severely wounded commander of an artillery unit. Shanina’s bravery received praise already during her lifetime, but came at odds with the Soviet policy of sparing snipers from heavy fights. Her combat diary was first published in 1965.

The Soviets found that sniper duties fit women well, since good snipers are patient, deliberate, have a high level of aerobic conditioning, and normally avoid hand-to-hand combat. They found the same with women as bomber crews, very fine adjustments and intense technical expertise actually gave them a better reputation than most all male bomber squadrons.


Polish Army (LWP) in Berlin at the end of World War Two, 1945.

Photos from top to bottom:
1. Polish soldier with flag next to two Red Army soldiers.
2. Polish and Soviet flags on top of the Brandenburg gate.
3. Polish soldiers advancing during the battle.
4. Polish soldiers posing for a photo in front of the Brandenburg Gate

An estimated 200,000 Polish army soldiers took part in the Battle of Berlin– as well as pilots and aircrew of the Polish Air Force (LWP).


HISTORY MEME → [6/10] Moments: Siege of Leningrad

The Siege of Leningrad, also known as the Leningrad Blockade was a prolonged military blockade undertaken mainly by the German Army Group North against Leningrad, historically and currently known as Saint Petersburg, in the Eastern Front theatre of World War II. 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 only lifted on 27 January 1944, 872 days after it began. It was one of the longest and most destructive sieges in history, and possibly the costliest in terms of casualties.

Mladí vojaci Waffen SS sú vítaní ukrajinskými dievčatami.
Keď bola v apríli roku 1943 na Ukrajine vydaná výzva pre dobrovoľníkov do divízie SS Galizien (1. ukrajinská), reagovalo na ňu až 70 000 osôb, čo bolo viac, ako Nemci potrebovali. Nadpočetní záujemcovia sa preto prihlásili k nemeckej polícii, kde vytvorili 5 plných policajných divízii. Všeobecne možno povedať, že vzťahy medzi nemeckými vojakmi (Wehrmacht, Waffen SS) a obyvateľmi Ukrajiny boli veľmi vrúcne, a to hlavne preto, že boli Nemci vítaní ako osloboditelia od boľševického teroru, počas ktorého si Ukrajinci toľko vytrpeli.

Young soldiers of the Waffen SS are welcome by Ukrainian girls. When was in April 1943 in Ukraine issued a call for volunteers to SS Division Galizien (1st Ukrainian), responded to it up to 70,000 people, which was more than the Germans needed. Supernumerary candidates shall therefore joined to German police, where they created 5 full police divisions. Generally speaking, the relations between German soldiers (Wehrmacht, Waffen SS) and the Ukrainian people were very warmly, especially because the Germans were welcomed as liberators from the Bolshevik terror, during which the Ukrainians suffered so much.