Kharkov falls

Street fighting in Kharkov , the city fell on the 24th Ocober.

The important industrial center of Kharkov was captured by the Germans on the 24th October. The Soviets were now dismantling whole factories and shipping them east to resume production far away from the front line. It was a close run thing in Kharkov where the evacuation of a tank factory was completed with only a few days to spare. There was fierce fighting to protect the rail lines as the Germans came within seven miles of the railhead where the industrial equipment was loading.

German support troops make their way into the burning town of Kharkov.

The German occupiers dealt ruthlessly with anyone associated with the Soviet state and made sure the rest of the population knew what was happening. Sumskaya Street, Kharkov, 25th October 1941.

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