Stalingrad, as seen on August 24, 1942, under bombardment by Luftflotte (Air Fleet) 4 planes. Luftflotte 4 was under command of Generaloberst Wolfram von Richthofen, a cousin of the First World War's crowning fighter pilot Manfred von Richthofen, and was at the time the single greatest air formation on Earth.
US #Marine Gunnery Sergeant Brian Meyer was deployed as a bomb technician in #Afghanistan in 2011 when the device he was defusing exploded prematurely.
The then 29-year-old Marine was ripped apart by the blast. He lost his right leg above the knee, his right hand above the wrist and three fingers of his left hand.
While still receiving treatment on the #battlefield, Sgt Meyer, fearful of the impact his injuries would have on his squad, ordered Eric Lunson to take his photograph. Forcing a smile through the pain, Sgt Meyer, raised what would have earlier been a thumbs' up as the shutter clicked. The photograph, Sgt Meyer hoped, would provide inspiration for his men as he began his own battle with recovery.
We are grateful to have men like you serve this country! Thank you Sgt. Meyer for your service and sacrifices you've made to keep us safe! #supportourtroops#veterans#combat#war#usa
Trial By Fire
The battle for Stalingrad, what would ultimately become one of the great turning points of the Second World War in Europe, began #OnThisDay 75 years ago, August 23, 1942.
Stalingrad was not initially part of the plan as Hitler's Army Group South steadily made its way south through Eastern Europe towards the oil fields in the Caucasus during the summer of 1942. But the Führer had other ideas regarding the city. With the city bearing the name of Joseph Stalin himself, the idea of capturing it was one that Hitler could not pass up. He chose to split Army Group South into two; forming Army Groups A and B. He planned to have the former continue on towards the Caucasus while the latter swung east and advanced on Stalingrad. Generfeldmarschall Paul von Kleist, commander of Army Group A, would later say of Stalingrad after the war that it was "subsidiary to the main aim", and that "At the start, [it] was no more than a name on a map to us." The only logical result of making a successful move on Stalingrad was that it would've offered more protection on Army Group A's northern flank, allowing them to breathe easily while they finalized things at the Azerbaijani oil fields.
Field Marshall Fedor von Bock's Army Group B, consisting of the 6th Army and 4th Panzer Army, as well as numerous armies from Italy, Hungary, and Romania, reached the outskirts of the city on August 23, 1942, and immediately a pre-battle bombardment by the Luftwaffe was ordered. Though Stalin himself had been informed in advance that the Germans were on their way to the city, giving the Red Army time to prepare, he had not ordered an evacuation of Stalingrad, which meant about 400,000 civilians were trapped inside, subject to the bombardment and battle to come. In two days of bombing the Luftwaffe dropped more tons of bombs on the city (~1,000) than they had on London during the height of the Blitz.
As the smoke lifted after two days the Germans made their move. By the start of the battle, just over 1,000,000 men on each side were ready to slug it out in Stalingrad.
: A generally well-known photo of Wehrmacht Infantry and armor preparing to enter the city's borders, August 1942.
Picture with text created by #adminsheza
“We need to understand that #war is easy; it takes mere seconds to start. The circumstances required to start it are not at all difficult to come by. But #peace? #Unity? That takes time to achieve. Wounds takes time to heal. The healing process is slow, which makes people impatient for a quick fix, an instant resolution. Perhaps this is why people continue to fight one another because it is easier and more familiar to fight a war, and more lengthy and uncertain to invest in the prospect of peace. However, I can promise you this: The fruits of war might come quicker, might seem more satisfying. But they will soon taste bitter and leave you empty, wanting more, like a hunger that cannot be satisfied. Peace, on the other hand, takes time to plant its roots and for the roots to take hold. It requires the effort of everyone, and only then can old wounds even begin to heal. It is often a long and taxing process, with mistakes made along the way. But ultimately the fruits of peace taste much sweeter, are much more savored because they are struggled and strived for. And because they take time and effort on the part of everyone involved.
So I ask all #Indians and #Pakistanis alike: Are you willing to break the cycle and invest your energies into a brighter future? Or will you continue to condemn future generations of Pakistanis and Indians to tasting the bitterness of war and strife, hatred and loss, the same way your predecessors did to you?” - #adminsheza
Quote taken from this article: https://www.theodysseyonline.com/why-are-pakistan-and-india-so-intent-on-keeping-the-antagonism-towards-one-another-alive