Wehrmacht soldiers retreat. Burnt village (+6 color photos)
These photos were taken by a Wehrmacht soldier during a winter company, presumably in the occupied territory of Ukraine. February 1944. We do not know the name of this village.
According to the information from the book “Soviet Ukraine during the Great Patriotic War, 1941-1945, the German invaders completely destroyed 61 settlements with 9737 houses during the occupation of Ukraine and during the retreat. According to Pyotr Shelest’s book “And you shall not be condemned”, The Nazis razed to the ground the village of Elino, Shchorsky district, Chernihiv region. During the war, almost all residents of Elino were engaged in partisan activities.
The Ukrainian village of Koryukovka was also famous for its partisan movement. In March 1943, it was surrounded by a German punitive detachment. According to Anatoly Kurochkin, the author of the book “Yuri Ivanovich Maksyuta”, by order of General Heusinger, the village was set on fire, and its inhabitants were exterminated – more than 7000 people. A total of 1390 houses burned down. Kurochkin believes that the tragedy in Koryukovka was the largest massacre of civilians in the entire history of World War II.