Battle of Białystok–Minsk, June-July 1941
Provenance identified the tank as a Polish 7TP, which appears correct. However, there were no (officially) Polish 7TP tanks at this battle. About 20 were captured by the Germans in the invasion of Poland (and later used in France) and one by the Russians. Translating the text on the back may provide more clarification.
German text on back ‘... Minsk … (No. 11 …June July 1941’
Some crackling of photo, glue on back where was mounted in album.
5.5 x 6 cm.
(Red text is an electronic watermark that is not physically part of the photo for sale)
The Battle of Białystok–Minsk was a German strategic operation conducted by the Army Group Centre during the penetration of the Soviet border region in the opening stage of Operation Barbarossa lasting from 22 June to 3 July 1941. Its goal, the encirclement and destruction of the Red Army's Western Front forces around Minsk, was accomplished. All major Soviet counter-attacks and break-through attempts failed and the defenders were defeated, allowing for the Wehrmacht to take many Soviet prisoners and to further advance into the Soviet Union at a pace so swift that some believed the Germans had effectively won the war against the Soviet Union already.
Note: The sale of these items in no way supports the actions or philosophies of the Axis powers. I am selling the historical record.