It’s a jubilant sight for the children. Here you can see Russian civilian children ecstatically meeting Soviet Naval Infantryman after the liberation of Tagnarog from the occupying Germans. The city had been occupied by the Germans from 1941 until 1943. On 17 October 1941, Two SS divisions were able to enter the city, followed by backup Axis military divisions. Once they were able to take hold of the city, they made huge changes, including abolishing the local government and instilling a Bürgermeisteramt (mayoralty). After two years, Soviet troops were able to oust the Germans on 30 August 1943.


Tagnarog, Rostov Oblast, Russia, Soviet Union.

September 1943.

Image taken by Emmanuil Evzerikhin.

Credit: Anti-Worlds