Wikimedia uploads previously unpublished photographs from The Second World War

A soldier paints another ‘kill’ star onto the side of a Russian fighter plane as a mechanic inspects the engine in just one image of hundreds released by the Russian International News Agency (RIA Novosti).

RIAN archive 247. A soldier drawing stars on the plane

RIA Novosti archive, image #247 / Zelma / CC-BY-SA 3.0

As part of a joint effort by RIA Novosti and Wikimedia, the two organisations are releasing hundreds of never-before-published photographs from The Second World War.

The photographs show the full swath of the war on Russia, from Soviet IL-2 combat aircraft, to German Prisoners of War, to Russian citizens running for cover during an air raid.

RIA Novosti is releasing the images under a Creative Commons license (CC BY-SA 3.0) as part of what they call the Eternal Values Project to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the News Agency.

Defenders of Moscow during the WWII years getting in the Gorky Park AAA guns ready for repelling a mock German air attack

RIA Novosti archive, image #43141 / Vladimir Granovskiy / CC-BY-SA 3.0

Red Square Moscow, 10 September 1941

Red Square Moscow, 10 September 1941. RIA Novosti archive, image #585208 / Anatoliy Garanin / CC-BY-SA 3.0


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Anti-aircraft guns guarding the sky of Leningrad, 1 October 1941

Anti-aircraft guns guarding the sky of Leningrad, 1 October 1941. RIA Novosti archive, image #5634 / David Trahtenberg / CC-BY-SA 3.0

 

Soviet IL-2 combat aircraft attack an enemy formation. The Kursk Bulge (Operation Citadel), The Voronezh Front, Russia.

Soviet IL-2 combat aircraft attack an enemy formation. The Kursk Bulge (Operation Citadel), The Voronezh Front, Russia. RIA Novosti archive, image #225 / F. Levshin / CC-BY-SA 3.0

The anti-aircraft gun crew of Sergeant Fyodor Konoplyov shooting at enemy planes in Leningrad during World War II. Russia, Saint-Petersburg

The anti-aircraft gun crew of Sergeant Fyodor Konoplyov shooting at enemy planes in Leningrad during World War II. Russia, Saint-Petersburg. RIA Novosti archive, image #594303 / Anatoliy Garanin / CC-BY-SA 3.0

First Aid Post at Leningrad's Narva Gates

First Aid Post at Leningrad's Narva Gates. RIA Novosti archive, image #594300 / Anatoliy Garanin / CC-BY-SA 3.0


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