A dangerous woman in the most literal sense, Senior Sergeant Roza Shanina was a sniper in the WWII Soviet Army. She racked up at least 54 kills of German soldiers before her death from wounds at age 20. She served part of the time in an all-woman sniper unit. Before the war she worked as a kindergarten teacher.
WWI. Battle of Verdun. France The Battle of Verdun was the longest battle of World War I and the world history. It was fought from February 21 to December 18, 1916, between the French and German armies around the town of Verdun, France. The battle involved more than two and a half million men.
German soldier searching a house with a wooden stick. In this very well preserved print, the Kar 98K, Caliber 8x57mm IS rifle carried by the soldier is seen in great detail. Also visible is the substantial "bread satchel" as well as the standard army backpack.
A horseback rider of the Red Army cavalry, clad in heavy winter gear, is seen as he passes a German tank abandoned by the retreating German invaders, at an unknown location along the German-Russian front, on February 22, 1942.
Gotthard Heinrici, considered by some the best defensive general in the entire German Army in World War II. He was one of the few generals to defy Hitler; he protected his men and rarely failed to halt the Russian advance despite the odds. Outnumbered more than 20 to 1 outside Berlin, he managed to hold off the Russians for almost a week while inflicting enormous casualties. When the battle seemed lost, he sent his men home rather than let them die fighting.