Man surveying wreck of Russian plane. His horse in background.
German text on reverse: 'Russland Juni 41 abgeschoss einer russ, flieger bei Minsk “Rata” ' (Russia June 41 shot-down one Russian flyer at Minsk “Rata”)
Paper remnants on back where was glued into album.
6 x 8.25 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.