A little searching on Google revealed the following images that based on the descriptions of the fighting seemed apt. These were pulled from a Russian site that the text with them reported that these images were taken by Italian troops.
I would give credit where I pulled these, but I somehow lost the source. The description of the cities of the Donets Basin spoke of everything being gray by the dust of the mines. Piles of refuse from the mines forming pyramids within the cities. Factories and industry surrounded by mud huts and shacks with few modern looking buildings except the few show piece buildings that were built for "cultural" reasons by the communist party.
More of Google's help gave some nice pictures of the attack on Gorlovka by the Italians. These I have found on a number of sites as well as in several books that I have found.
I have a couple of items that I want to try to build. All of my stuff is for 15mm or 6mm. The first is some mining type stuff. Looking for HO scale mining stuff, I could not figure out anything close to what I wanted. Also some of what I did find was very expensive. Anyway, here is what I was looking to build:
This picture is from GoogleMaps and is a Rock processing facility just a 1/4 of a mile from my office building. They blast once a week and I can feel my office shake when they do this. The rock is actually part of Stone Mountain, the largest Confederate Memorial in the United States. My guess is that it is probably the largest Confederate Memorial in the world, but you never know. Anyway, I was thinking of making something like this for my table. Any suggestions?
After that, I need some factory looking places. There are plenty of HO scale and 15mm scale items to get this moving. However, if I was to scratch build some, what materials should I use? Foam core seems too thick for 15mm buildings. Definitely not for 6mm. Is Cardstock the way to go or Balsa? Anything else I should look at?
So far, I have what I need for a rural village. I have a bunch of nice thatched roofed buildings from Ebay. The seller aylafred has some nice stuff. If you contact him, he will get the items painted as per the pictures on Ebay for very reasonable prices. Take a look. He had a Coal Storage thing that I want but it seems to not be on the current for sale list. Also there was a factory with a broken chimney that would be useful too. Anyone know of a source for cheap, tall, round industrial chimneys?