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Welcome to the Stavka Website

STAVKA is quite simply the best, easiest to use, friendly and reliable photo library for leasing images of the World War 1, World War 2 on the Eastern Front and the Russian Civil War that you are likely to find anywhere on the internet.

If you are an author, publishing house or photo researcher looking for images of the fighting on the Eastern Front during both world wars then you’ve hit the right site. Do you need images of Stalingrad, the siege of Leningrad, the Russian revolutions, the liberation of Eastern Europe or the Battle for Berlin in 1945? Then this is the place for you – look no further!

STAVKA can provide images of the Russian, German and Austro-Hungarian armed forces during WW1 including all the branches of service in action, at rest or recreation. STAVKA can provide images of the Red Army, the Wehrmacht, the Waffen SS, the armies of the Axis from the first shots of Barbarossa to the storming of the Reichstag.

But it’s not only the front line images that we can supply. The partisan operations behind Axis are often overlooked but we have images of the men and women who fought just that war. Additionally images of life for the civilians in the occupied territories of the Soviet Union are well-provided for.

STAVKA is run by people who know what each image shows because we started out in search of just such images. If we wanted a T34/76 model 1942 then a T34/85 just wasn’t the answer. We are specialists in these periods and therefore provide as much information, advice and guidance in making your choices as you may need.

STAVKA is more than a photo library it’s a bespoke support and captioning service for you to access to enhance your product. Our motto is ‘Just ask.’

Blog

The STAVKA blog is a place where STAVKA’s staff can keep customers and casual browsers up to date about the latest image acquisitions; respond to matters of general interest such as publication definition requirements, quality of high definition types, and what’s in fashion and what’s not in the world of military images....

Payment

We do not take payment for images via this site. Therefore payment is by BACS, Paypal or good old cheques. However, all transactions must be in pounds Sterling as bank charges are prohibitive and only result in our customers paying more.

Exposure

STAVKA has provided stills for the BBC TV series 20th Century Battlefields, images for innumerable title in the Osprey Books catalogue, photos for, amongst others, such notable military authors such as David Glantz and Max Hastings.

Until now STAVKA has relied on word of mouth to increase its market share due to ‘pirating’ of images. Happily, improvements in on-line security have very much reduced the likelihood of such activity.