Picture of the week: Soviet cavalrymen near Moscow

Today, I would like to start a new section on the blog. As I am lacking time to prepare properly-researched articles, I will start posting a weekly picture of the soviet-german war. Unfortunately, the research time needed for preparing a long article is usually a lot. Therefore, thanks to this new section, I hope to restart posting regularly on the blog and adding new information to it.

Soviet cavalrymen near Moscow, 1941

Soviet cavalrymen near Moscow, 15 December 1941. Attribution: RIA Novosti archive, image #2548 / Leonid Bat / CC-BY-SA 3.0

The first picture of the series shows some Soviet cavalrymen entering a newly liberated town in the outskirts of Moscow. Axis forces started Operation Barbarossa on the 22nd of June 1941 and was only stopped in December very close to Moscow.

In the beginning of the autumn of 1941 and after fighting for 3 months, the Axis aimed for capturing Moscow. In order to do it, Germans launched Operation Typhoon. The Wehrmacht then managed to arrive to the outskirts of Moscow, but its units did not conquer the Soviet capital. Moscow did not fell on German hands thanks to the attrition of the German forces and the powerful Soviet defense.

After stopping the German units, the Red Army  pushed them back thanks to a poweful counter-offensive. The photographer Leonid Bat took the picture above in a town near Moscow during the Soviet counter-offensive.

Find more information about the picture in the following link: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:RIAN_archive_2548_A_liberated_town.jpg