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Russian Infantry

The Red Army liberates Klin during the Soviet counter-offensive of December 1941. Fighting at the limits of their capacity the offensive came as a shock to the Germans, but despite taking heavy losses and being pushed back some 100 - 250 kilometers from Moscow, they managed to hold the line.

Roza Shanina, sniper who was credited with fifty-nine confirmed kills. Killed in action on Jan. 28, 1945. Age 20.
Shanina had four brothers: Mijaíl, Fiódor, Sergéi and Marat. Mikhail dies at the Leningrad site in 1941, Fiódor was killed the same year during the Battle of Crimea in 1941. Sergei never returned from the war alive, leaving Marat as the sole survivor.


The last photograph taken of Roza Shanina, January 1, 1945.
It is a mortar tube. His comrade in the foreground carries the corresponding/belonging base plate on his back.

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Female snipers of the 3rd Shock Army, 1st Belorussian Front. The ‘Shock’ armies were created with the specific structure to engage and destroy significant enemy forces, and were reinforced with more armored and artillery assets than other combined arms armies. Where necessary the Shock armies were reinforced with mechanized, tank and cavalry formations and units.

The snipers in the picture:

First row –
Guard Staff Sergeant, VN Stepanova: 20 kills,
Guard Sgt JP Belousova: 80 kills,
Guard Sgt AE Vinogradova: 83 kills.

Second row –
Guard Lieutenant EK Zhibovskaya: 24 kills,
Guard Sgt KF Marinkin: 79 kills,
Guard Sgt OS Marenkina: 70 kills.

Third row – Guard Lieutenant NP Belobrova: 70 kills,
Lieutenant N. Lobkovsky: 89 kills,
Guard Lieutenant VI Artamonova: 89 kills,
Guard Staff Sergeant MG Zubchenko: 83 kills.

Forth row –
Guard Sergeant, NP Obukhova: 64 kills,
Guard Sergeant, AR Belyakova 24 kills.

Total number of confirmed kills: 775.
Photo taken in Germany, May 4, 1945.