German machine gun element deploys during street fighting in the Battle of Rostov, undated. The battle for Rostov lasted from late Sept 1941 to almost the end of the year. Rostov was the pivot location from which the Germans began their advance upon Stalingrad.
"The Orphans" Pray Before Going Into Battle: Under the guns of their tanks, men of a "floating" armored division called "The Orphans" of the U.S. tank forces pray with the guidance of Major George F. Daum (right), their chaplain, before going into battle with the Germans.
On the Stalingrad Front, August, 1942: Recon scout N. Romanov poses with his PPSh-41 sub-machine gun and four hand grenades stuck in his belt. The one with the skirt is a "pomegranate" defensive grenade. Note also the scout knife. Romanov completes his kit with oil cloth rain coat.