6th Army soldiers marching to Stalingrad, 1942. These kids had no idea what kind of hell was about to be unleashed on them. Literally marching to hell. It’s kind of eerie looking at the men in this picture and realizing that statistically speaking, they most likely never saw 1944. Those sunglasses are privately own, probably pretty expensive. Sunglasses were only issued for Afrika Korps troops and for motorcycles, but not for infantry.
Near Don, winter 1942-1943: the battle that claimed many victims in order paved the way Soviet siege and liberate 6. Armee were trapped in Stalingrad. A wreck T-34/76 tanks, with most ammunition scattered on the snow, being surrounded by the Panzergrenadier of 6. Panzer-Division were wearing camouflage jackets winter commute commonly referred to as Umkehrbare Winteranzug (Camo Reversible Winter Parka)
Corporal, Royal 22e Régiment, Italy, 1943. During the summers in southern Italy, the Canadians wore tropical uniforms like the rest of the British 8th Army. This reconstruction by Ron Volstad shows a corporal of the Royal 22e Régiment, the only Francophone regular infantry regiment in the Canadian army during the war. The unit saw its first action of the war during the landings in Sicily in 1943. Note the famous red patch of the 1st Canadian Division on the upper shoulder.