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German soldiers from 6. Armee Bivouac in an unknown Ukrainian village – waiting for the order to march – during Unternehmen Blau (Operation Blue), summer 1942. The picture was taken by Hans Eckle, a soldier from 587.Infanterie-Regiment / 320.Infanterie-Division. Unternehmen Blau or Fall Blau (Case Blue) was the German Armed Forces’ name for its plan for the 1942 strategic summer offensive in southern Russia between 28 June and 24 November 1942.

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