16 October 2013

PzBefw.III of Oberst Richard Koll at the Battle of Vyazma

Image size: 1600 x 1402 pixel. 362 KB
Date: Thursday, 2 October 1941
Place: Vyazma, Smolensk Oblast, Soviet Union
Photographer: Helmut Ritgen

Photographed by Helmut Ritgen on 2 October 1941, during the breakthrough by Panzer-Brigade Koll north of Vyazma : the brigade commander's Panzerbefehlswagen III, with the white turret code 'RO6', on a typical Russian dirt road or 'rollbahn'. In front of it, a column of Phänomen Granit 25H ambulances; to the right, Soviet prisoners; and in the background, smoke rising from an oil dump bombed by German stukas. During the Great Patriotic War of 1941–1945, Vyazma became a battlefield between the Red Army and the Wehrmacht during the Battle of Moscow. It became the centre of a Red Army pocket after it was encircled by the 3rd and 4th Panzer armies. Vyazma was occupied by the German army between October 7, 1941 and March 12, 1943.

Helmut Ritgen photo collection
Book "The 6th Panzer Division: 1937-45" by Oberst a.D. Helmut Ritgen

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