Leningrad, January 1943, Operation Spark (Lots of trophies)

Leningrad, January 1943, Operation Spark (Lots of trophies)

A small selection of photographs taken in January 1943 during «Operation Iskra» near Leningrad. Pictures are not in color, but still impressive.

Operation Iskra (lit. ‘Operation Spark’) is an offensive operation of the Soviet troops during the Great Patriotic War, conducted on the January 12 to 30, 1943 by the forces of the Leningrad and Volkhov fronts with the assistance of part of the Baltic Fleet, Ladoga military flotilla and long-range aviation, aimed to break the Wehrmacht’s Siege of Leningrad.

Leningrad, January 1943, Operation Spark

The first trophies near Leningrad.

Leningrad, January 1943, Operation Spark

Lieutenant Ignatov distributes the captured German grenades M24 to the soldiers of his unit, January 1943.

Leningrad, January 1943, Operation Spark

Fighters of commander Fedorov passing through the second village, recaptured from the Germans.

Leningrad, January 1943, Operation Spark

Fighters of commander Fedorov passing through the second village, recaptured from the Germans.

Leningrad, January 1943, Operation Spark

Three Soviet soldiers having rest between battles.

The corpses of German soldiers lying at the side of the road

The corpses of German soldiers lying at the side of the road.

Leningrad, January 1943, Operation Spark

Soviet tank desant troops (tankodesantniki) launching an attack.

Heavy German 305 mm mortar M16 manufactured by Skoda

Heavy German 305 mm mortar M16 manufactured by Skoda.

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