Two Soviet officers on the background of the destroyed Reichstag.
A Soviet soldier takes aim as a machine gunner fires on German troops in a Stalingrad back garden - the lines at the battle were rarely more than a few yards apart.
Moscow in the 1980’s (2/2).
Several years ago, this mosaic of Yuri Gagarin—the Soviet Union’s first cosmonaut to enter space—was completely painted over during the restoration of this building, in Karaganda. Fortunately, this artwork was later recovered and restored.
Faces of War
#3 Wassili Saizew
Wassili Grigorjewitsch Saizew was born on the 23. of March 1915 in the small village of Jeleninskoje and grew up as the son of a shephard in the Ural, who taught him how to hunt and use a rifle during his youth.
After the beginning of the German attack on his motherland, Saizew entered the Russian navy, where he served in administration. In late summer 1942 he volunteered to go to the front and became a part of the 1047. Marksmen-regiment / 284. Marksmen-division at Stalingrad.
During the Battle of Stalingrad Saizew scored 225 confirmed kills as a sniper. He himself claims to have shot even 27 soldiers more until January 1943.
In the ruins of the “Lazur” factory at Stalingrad he built up a school for snipers where he trained 28 soldiers.
Wassili Saizew was wounded by a landmine. During his recovery he was awarded the title “Hero of the Soviet Union” on the 22. of February 1943.
Later he continued his service at the front until 1945 and was promoted several times until he reached the rank of a captain.
After the war, Saizew managed a factory in Kiew. He died on December 15th 1991.
For his great achievements, the outstandig sniper was awarded several medals, including:
"Order of the Great Patriotic War"
"Medal for the defense of Stalingrad"
"Medal for the victory over Germany"
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Soviet Worker’s Militia in Stalingrad, 1942.
Soviet soldiers talking to a female forced labourer wearing an Ostarbeiter badge in Poznań, Poland.
A PPSh assembly line, probably somewhere behind the Ural moutains.