Photos of the wounded are one of the quickest, most visceral ways to grasp the horrors of war. Here you can see Bosnian partisans of the 15th Majevičke Brigade meeting wounded fellow insurgents of the 2nd Dalmatinske Brigade during the Battle of the Sutjeska. The minimal medical supplies and precarious stretchers drive home how dire conditions were. During the battle, over 27,000 Axis German, Italian, Bulgarian and fascist Croatian forces tried to destroy the National Liberation Army and Partisan Detachments of Yugoslavia – but, remarkably, they failed. Dese Koštak, who can you see leaning over and taking the hand of Biserka Đukić, seems surprisingly calm surrounded by chaos. The Battle of the Sutjeska, where National Liberation Army and Partisan Detachments of Yugoslavia held strong, took place for an entire month, from May until June 1943. The wounds and pain you see here would have been multiplied exponentially.
Near Avtovac, Bosnia, Yugoslavia (now, Bosnia and Herzegovina).
9 June 1943.