Listen Live
    • Always Remember: Commemorating the First Days of the Great Patriotic War
    • Always Remember: Commemorating the First Days of the Great Patriotic War
    • Always Remember: Commemorating the First Days of the Great Patriotic War
    • Always Remember: Commemorating the First Days of the Great Patriotic War
    • Always Remember: Commemorating the First Days of the Great Patriotic War
    • Always Remember: Commemorating the First Days of the Great Patriotic War
    • Always Remember: Commemorating the First Days of the Great Patriotic War
    • Always Remember: Commemorating the First Days of the Great Patriotic War
    • Always Remember: Commemorating the First Days of the Great Patriotic War
    • Always Remember: Commemorating the First Days of the Great Patriotic War
    • Always Remember: Commemorating the First Days of the Great Patriotic War
    • Always Remember: Commemorating the First Days of the Great Patriotic War
    • Always Remember: Commemorating the First Days of the Great Patriotic War
    • Always Remember: Commemorating the First Days of the Great Patriotic War
    • Always Remember: Commemorating the First Days of the Great Patriotic War
    © Sputnik / Anatoliy Garanin
    Soldiers training before being sent to the frontlines in the barracks of the regiment of Voroshilov, Moscow, in August 1941.

    The Great Patriotic War, which constituted part of the Second World War from 1939-1945, lasted nearly four years and was the largest armed confrontation in history.

    The Great Patriotic War began at dawn on on 22 June 1941, when Nazi Germany, violating the Soviet-German non-aggression treaty of 1939, attacked the USSR. The number of Soviet Union casualties in WWII are estimated to have exceeded 27 million.

    The USSR's military casualties exceeded 8.7 million, which is more than half of the total allied death toll.

    Tags:
    Soviet Union, Russia, World War II
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik

    More photos

    • Models dance in front of a car before the Tommy Hilfiger TommyNow Fall runway show at the Apollo Theater during New York Fashion Week in New York, U.S., September 8, 2019.
      Last update: 13:45 14.09.2019
      13:45 14.09.2019

      A Breath of Spring in Autumn: Looks of New York Fashion Week

      Tommy Hilfiger, Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta, Christian Siriano - fashion veterans as well as newcomers have presented their new collections at Spring Studios in New York.

      15
    • This Week in Pictures: 6 - 13 September
      Last update: 16:43 13.09.2019
      16:43 13.09.2019

      This Week in Pictures: 6 - 13 September

      Sputnik's weekly photo gallery presents a collection of pictures that capture the most important and eye-catching events that occurred across the globe during the past seven days.

      25
    • Mysterious Altai: Sneak Peek Into Life of Russia's Small Ethnicities
      Last update: 11:50 10.09.2019
      11:50 10.09.2019

      Mysterious Altai: Sneak Peek Into Life of Russia's Small Ethnicities

      Take a look at the life of small ethnicities in Russia's Altai Mountains: shamans, Old Believers and indigenous peoples are those, who guard the centuries-old traditions of the region.

      15
    • Girls at the MAKS-2019 international aviation and space show in Zhukovsky outside Moscow
      Last update: 16:44 06.09.2019
      16:44 06.09.2019

      This Week in Pictures: 31 August - 6 September

      Meet Sputnik's weekly collection of photos which offer you a look at some of the most important and eye-catching events in different parts of the world.

      19