Ukraine - How serious was the situation on the Eastern Front in 1942?

Transcript
Photograph of the Russian Front 1941-1943

Catalogue ref: FO 898/527

German soldiers comfort each other without giving into emotion at the sight of this Russian town in flames. At one time, Germany was in possession of more than 1,500,000 square kilometres of Soviet land. The Russians used to set fire to any factories that they could not remove.