The life and death of Soviet soldiers on the Nevsky Pyatachok
War photos were taken by the photographer Vsevolod Tarasevich, in November 1941 on the Nevsky Pyatachok (ww2 battel). The shots leave a strong impression, that’s where the crossing between life and death really is.
Battle for Nevsky Pyatachok
Nevsky Pyatachok is a symbolic designation of a bridgehead on the left (eastern) bank of the Neva opposite Nevskaya Dubrovka, held by Soviet troops of the Leningrad Front (from 09/19/1941 to 04/29/1942 and from 09/26/1942 to 02/17/1943) during the battle for Leningrad.
The number of dead and wounded Soviet soldiers in the battles for the Nevsky Pyatachok differs significantly in different sources, but, according to absolutely all estimates, the losses in the battles for the bridgehead were enormous.
In the 1960s, the newspaper “Pravda” published for the first time the figure of 200,000 soldiers who died on the Nevsky Pyatachok, which for a long time became firmly established in Russian military history literature. In recent years, other estimates have appeared. So, according to the calculation of the committee of Leningrad veterans, published in 2001, the irrecoverable losses of Soviet troops in the battles for the bridgehead amounted to 50,000 people.
According to the calculations of the historian G.A. Shigin, Soviet troops in the battles for the bridgehead (only in 1941) lost 64,000 to 68,000 people killed and wounded, according to Yu.M. Lebedev, about 50,000 killed directly on the very patch (without accounting for losses during the crossing and on the right bank).
In addition, in order to emphasize the unprecedented level of losses in battles for a patch, the number of killed per square meter of a beachhead is often indicated. At the same time, here the estimates differ significantly – from 2 to 17 dead soldiers. However, such statements are incorrect and clearly exaggerated. The dimensions of the Nevsky patch were constantly changing, sometimes literally in a day: from 4 to 1 kilometer wide and from 800 to 350 meters deep. It was these moments that the military corispondent Vsevolod Tarasevich captured on his war photos.
The losses of German troops in battles in the area of the Nevsky Pyatachok are also not known for certain. According to rough estimates, they amounted to between 10,000 and 35,000 – 40,000 soldiers and officers killed.