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21 Incredible Photos That Show the Brutal Reality of ‘the Battle of Stalingrad’

The Battle Stalingrad is widely regarded as one of the most important of World War II. Battling for control of the Russian city of Stalingrad, the conflict was one of the bloodiest in history, with close to two million military and civilian casualties between Allied and Nazis forces.

As the strategic positioning of Stalingrad was so important to both sides, each army through their entire might into the battle, with Nazis beginning with air raids before moving into deadly close quarter battles.

Russian forces proved to be the victor in the battle, defeating over 250,000 Wehrmacht, halting the advance of Nazi forces into the Soviet Union. The victory is widely considered a turning point of the war for the Allies.

Check out some incredible photographs of the Battle of Stalingrad as it occurred, giving a rare insight.

German 6th Army soldiers marching to Stalingrad, 1942

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T-34 in Stalingrad

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German soldier cleans his rifle in the break between battles at Stalingrad, autumn 1942

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German soldiers in urban combat at the Battle of Stalingrad

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German squad seeks cover in preparation to advance, combat at the Red October Factory, Stalingrad, 1942

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 Red Army fighting position, Stalingrad, 1942

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Soviet rockets being fired at German positions during the Battle of Stalingrad

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Soviet troops fighting in the ruins of the factory ‘Red October’, Stalingrad, October 1942

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Stalingrad, autumn 1942

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Two Soviet soldiers evacuate a wounded comrade from a factory building

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