Bring on the light show

The sky over a nameless Soviet town is lit up by searchlights and anti-aircraft fire. Nighttime Red Army Air Force raids kept the Germans on their toes, especially the “Night Witches”, female pilots who in the cover of darkness made life miserable for enemy troops. The town in the photo is protected by AA guns, mainly 2.0 cm automatic cannons and the famous 8.8 cm gun, putting up quite a light show as well as a bloody racket. It is doubtful the anti aircraft gunners brought down any enemy aircraft, but I guess few in that town got a full night’s sleep.

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