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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.
Red Army sappers pose in front of a Belgrade high rise after the battle for the city. The Germans extensively mined the capital of Yugoslavia and the sappers had their hands full. Note the rods they are holding, indispensable in the search for explosives in confined spaces. Oct 20, 1944.