Британец выложил подборку цветных снимков оккупированного Смоленска. Вот что он пишет в описании к видео:
During the Great Patriotic War, Smolensk saw wide-scale fighting during the first Battle of Smolensk when the city was captured by the Nazis on July 16, 1941. The first Soviet counteroffensive against the German army was launched in August 1941 but failed. However, the limited Soviet victories outside the city halted the German advance for a crucial two months, granting time to Moscow’s defenders to prepare in earnest. Over 93% of the city was destroyed during the fighting; the ancient icon of Our Lady of Smolensk was lost. Nevertheless, the city escaped total destruction being finally liberated on September 25, 1943, during the second Battle of Smolensk. The rare title of Hero City was bestowed on Smolensk after the war.