Troops Inspect Rocket Launchers After The Battle Of Stalingrad

When you see the inquisitive, almost playful looks on the faces of the Soviet Army soldiers, it’s hard to imagine the enormity of what had happened. Taken on the Stalingrad Front, this photograph shows soldiers as they inspect two abandoned German six-barrel 15 cm Nebelwerfer 41 rocket launchers during the Battle of Stalingrad.

The battle was the single biggest and most deadly of World War II.  In fact, its huge scale makes it one of the largest and most brutal confrontations in the entire history of warfare. It featured over 2 million personnel taking part in the fighting — of which it’s estimated that between 1.7 to 2 million were either wounded, killed, or captured.

The enormity of the loss is almost too much to take in, but the devasting consequences reverberated over the entire surrounding area, with countless families affected.

Battle Of Stalingrad

 

Now Volgograd, Volgograd Oblast, Russia, Soviet Union.

December 1942.

Credit: Anti-Worlds