|INSTAHLGEWITTERN-IN THE STORM OF STEEL||
This is the second installment of the series of photographs taken during the early stages of Operation BARBAROSSA by a Kriegsberichter assigned to 15 Infantry Regiment, 29 Infantry Division.
After-action photographs are often puzzling. The caption above indicates that this Soviet tank (most likely a T-26 Model 1938, judging by the suspension system) was "destroyed" by the fascist invaders. But how it managed to get in the posture shown is difficult to understand. Perhaps the road surface subsided from the weight of the vehicle? At the right edge of the photograph the vehicle transporting German troops appears to be a variant of the Zugkraftwagen halftrack tractor, but exactly which model is difficult to ascertain.
Brest now is part of modern Belarus. Pruzana (modern Pruzany (?)) is some 75 km northeast of Brest on highway 85.
A prominent letter "G" in white appears on three of the vehicles depicted in the photograph above. This symbol was used to identify units belonging to Panzergruppe Guderian during the beginning of Operation BARBAROSSA. Roznna (modern Ruzny (?)) is perhaps 110 km northeast of Brest on highway 85.
In the photograph above a model T-34 medium Soviet tank appears in the foreground. In the background the vehicle on fire seems to bear the sort of while markings used for identification purposes on German vehicles of various types during the opening weeks of Operation BARBAROSSA. My efforts to locate and identify Jucourica (using my Freytag & Berndt 1: 2,000,000 map of Osteuropa) have so far proven fruitless.
The last four photographs in this batch are rather gruesome reminders of how violent war is. In the last of the sequence what appear to be spent shell casings litter the ground behind the capsized German Panzerabwehrkanone 35/36, which may well have been overrun by a Soviet armored vehicle.