Troops in transport driving by destroyed vehicle with smokey city background.
German writing on reverse:
“Russland 41, __ durchfahrt eine soeben genommene stadt” which translates as ‘Russia 41, __ transit a newly taken city'.
(Red text is an electronic watermark that is not physically part of the photo for sale).
10 X 7 cm.
Operation Barbarossa was the code name for Nazi Germany's World War II invasion of the Soviet Union, which began on 22 June 1941.
Over the course of the operation, about four million soldiers of the Axis powers invaded the Soviet Union along a 2,900-kilometer (1,800 mi) front, the largest invasion force in the history of warfare. In addition to troops, the Germans employed some 600,000 motor vehicles and between 600,000 and 700,000 horses. It marked the beginning of the rapid escalation of the war, both geographically and in the formation of the Allied coalition.
Operationally, the Germans won resounding victories and occupied some of the most important economic areas of the Soviet Union, mainly in Ukraine, both inflicting and sustaining heavy casualties. Despite their successes, the German offensive stalled on the outskirts of Moscow and was subsequently pushed back by a Soviet counteroffensive.