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Major Yakov Antonov?

Major Yakov Antonov?


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The Hero of the Soviet Union, Major Yakov Antonov surrounded by German pilots who listen attentively to their colleague. It’s evident that the conversation is professional. 25.08.1942

Is this correct?
 

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Soviet soldiers from 44th Rifle Division 1939

Soviet soldiers from 44th Rifle Division 1939


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Although it was an elite formation, the division was destroyed during the Winter War, after being ordered to help 163rd infantry division to break a Finnish siege on Raate road. Of the 44th Division's 17,000 troops, 1000 were captured and 700 escaped. The rest died.
 

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BA-27M

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The latest manifestation of the BA-27M Soviet armoured car. The most obvious difference from other BA-27 models is the 6-wheel profile, as compared with the usual 4 wheels. There appear to be two schools of thought as to why this change was made. One is that this up-armoured version was too heavy for the intended (4 wheel) Ford Model AA truck chassis, so that the stronger (6 wheel) Ford Timkin chassis was substituted. The other explanation offered is that it was imagined that the adoption of a triple-axle pattern would, of itself, improve the rather poor off-road performance of the vehicle (rather as in the case of Hitler's Daimler Mercedes Benz D 4 heavy staff car). As with the D 4, the latter objective (if such it was) seems not to have been achieved; the cross-country performance of the "M" appears to have been little better than 4-wheeled BA-27s. Best regards, JR.
 

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BA-27 armoured car.

BA-27 armoured car.


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Early-manufacture Soviet BA-27 armoured car. This vehicle entered production in 1927. It can be considered the "ancestor" of a number of later Soviet "heavy" (that is to say, heavily armed) armoured cars that played an important part in WW2. Overall production was limited - something between 200 and 300 in the 1927-'31 period. As many as 200 of several sub-models were still in service at the opening of Barbarossa. Apart from anti-German actions, these cars were used against the Japanese in the Far East. Best regards, JR.
 

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BA-6

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The crew of Junior Sergeant M.P. Andreev preparing their BA-6ZhD vehicle for conversion to travel on the railroad tracks Volkhov Front, August 1942
 

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Direct hit

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On this Panther dug in (or perhaps it's just the turret used like a gun-bunker). A Russian officer observing satisfied.
Berlin, may 1945. DVX
 

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The P39 mentioned above by pionier07 is in the Finnish Anti Aircraft Museum. If I remember correctly it was pulled out of a marsh, and is in great shape. Looks like you could fuel it and fly it. Much bigger plane than I thought it would be and as pionier07 said, still had English writing on the fuselage. John
Buffalo NY Naval park has a nice one. Dayton does, too.



 

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Sasha Filippov

Sasha Filippov


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Sasha Filippov,a spy for Soviet troops,He was born 1925 in Stalingrad - in 1942 he was 16 years old and worked as a locksmith and cobbler,at school he became a Leninist Komsomol. The Germans entered Voroshilov district of Stalingrad where Sasha lived,At night, Sasha beamed his way through the front line bringing the Red Army intelligence on the enemy and became their scout. With a bag over his shoulder and a cobblers tool Sasha worked in the German headquarters cleaning the Germans boots and at the same time getting their intel. On December 23,1942 after a scouting mission,Sasha along with another scout Maria Uskova were captured by German troops. After torture Sasha Filippov was hanged near his home in front of his mother. Sasha's last words before death were " We will come and kill you like mad dogs!". Sasha was awarded the order of the Red Banner and the medal for defense of Stalingrad


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    ...and naturally there is a Sasha Filippova Street in Volgograd (former Stalingrad) and a Sasha Filippovna Park. In the park is a statue of a young girl in a form of an angel, the Guardian Angel of the Town.
 

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Artillery

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Soviet troops advancing somewhere at Finnish front. June 1944.
 

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ISU-152-2 Prototype.

ISU-152-2 Prototype.


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In April 1944, in attempt to increase the firepower of ISU-152, a high-power variant of the self-propelled gun was developed in Factory No. 100, designated ISU-152BM (ИСУ-152БМ), sometimes referred to as ISU-152BM-1 or ISU-152-1. The factory designation was Object 246 (Объект 246). The "BM" ("БМ") in the designation stands for "Large Power" ("Большой Мощности"). The main purpose of the ISU-152BM was the fight against heavily armored tank destroyers such as the Elefant and the Jagdtiger. It was armed with the 152.4 mm BL-8 (БЛ-8) long barrel gun, which unlike the ISU-152's gun wasn't a gun-howitzer. The gun had a maximum range of 18,500 meters, with the 43.56 kg high-explosive shell which had a muzzle velocity of 880 m/s. The overall length of the gun was over 8 meters, with a barrel length of 7620 mm (50 calibers). The armor-piercing round, weighing 48.78 kg, had a muzzle velocity of 850 m/s. During test firing at armor plates with different thickness, the ISU-152BM have successfully penetrated a maximum of 203 mm of RHA at 90° at ranges of up to 2000 meters. However, during the trials, July 1944, the gun showed some deficiencies such as difficult to operate by the crew, unreliable work of the muzzle brake and the breech block, and unsatisfactory performance of the shells. In addition, the gun, reaching out too far, was limiting the maneuverability of the fighting vehicle. The self-propelled gun carried 21 rounds of two piece (shell and charge) ammunition, and had a rate of fire of 2 rounds/min. It used the engine, transmission, running gear and electric equipment of the ISU-122. In August 1944 the BL-8 gun was replaced with the improved 152.4 mm BL-10 (БЛ-10) long barrel gun, with a slightly shorter barrel of 7392 mm (48.5 calibers). The self-propelled gun was designated ISU-152-2 (ИСУ-152-2). The factory designation was Object 247 (Объект 247). The fighting vehicle was also equipped with external fuel tanks. The gun had a modified muzzle brake and a semi-automatic breech block. It had a rate of fire of 3 rounds/min. The BL-10 had a maximum range of 18,000 meters, with the 43.56 kg high-explosive shell. In December 1944 the ISU-152-2 underwent trials, revealing the barrel strength and the angle of horizontal guidance were unsatisfactory. The gun was sent for further improvement, but it wasn't completed before the war ended. The fighting vehicle was never adopted. After the war, the final and most improved, third modification of ISU-152-2 was completed. The gun had a maximum range of 19,500 meters, using a 48.5 kg high-explosive shell with a muzzle velocity of 880 m/s.
 

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DShK Machine Gun/Soviet Armoured Train

DShK Machine Gun/Soviet Armoured Train


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DShK machine gun and other weapons atop a Soviet artillery/armoured train, 1941


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    Serious hardware!
 

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Soviet Artillery near Berlin

Soviet Artillery near Berlin


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Soviet Artillery near Berlin, April 1945. The pieces are ZIS-3 76 mm guns. (Bundesarchiv Bild 183-E0406-0022-012)
 

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Major Yakov Antonov?

Major Yakov Antonov?


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The Hero of the Soviet Union, Major Yakov Antonov surrounded by German pilots who listen attentively to their colleague. It’s evident that the conversation is professional. 25.08.1942

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Likely quite professional.

Anybody know who the Ritterkreuztraeger is?
 

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That would fit - have seen enough photos of Rall in books like EAGLES OF THE THIRD REICH that a reaction of "He looks familiar for some reason" would be possible.

Thinking of brushes with history, so to speak, I once met Adolf Galland. Brief introduction, he was quite personable. Would have been in 1968.
 

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101st Airborne Division soldiers

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US Army Paratroopers from Company F, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, on their way to Normandy, France; June 5, 1944.
 

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The Beginning

The Beginning


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The beginning of the battle for Stalingrad,the first bombings - Soviet Anti-Aircraft are put in position to fire on German planes
 
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