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From time to time photos of child soldiers in Africa holding AK-47s or some other kind of weapon appear here and there provoking outrage and compassion from the Western public. But just a few decades ago, during World War II, there were often occasions of Russian kids fighting in the regular army against the Nazis.

Generally speaking, children were not allowed to join the combat army—but many exceptions were made. Many kids tried to run away from their homes “to the War” but most such cases were eventually captured by military police and returned back to their homes.  While some did succeed in joining the army, it was often the case for these runaways to get lost in the woods or shot along their journey.

Also, from time to time, soldiers found children in the devastated and burnt down villages of the Soviet Union. While there was a directive for them to send such children to established orphanages, still sometimes such boys were simply incorporated into the active combat units.  Specially sized uniforms were tailored for them and they were entrusted with guns. Some of those boys joined the army at nine or eleven, and stayed with their regiment through all the war front, from Russia to Germany, until the war ended and they were discharged at fourteen or sixteen, often with medals of honor.

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via Children of War | English Russia.

via Soviet Children of War.

Soviet Union propaganda posters-Russian Revolution of 1917 and the Russian Civil War


Russian Revolution of 1917 & the Russian Civil War

Red Army is a reliable guard of the Soviet country.

Red Army is a reliable guard of the Soviet country.

The stake of the interventionists is overbid!

The stake of the interventionists is overbid!

10 years (anniversary) of the october (revolution)

10 years (anniversary) of the october (revolution)

Long live the 5th anniversary of the Great October Proletarian Revolution!

Long live the 5th anniversary of the Great October Proletarian Revolution!

Long live KOMSOMOL

Long live KOMSOMOL

HELP

HELP

Think about those who are starving

Think about those who are starving

The victory of the Revolution is in cooperation of workers and peasants.

The victory of the Revolution is in cooperation of workers and peasants.

Workers

Workers

(I) Believe (we) will celebrate the hundredth anniversary

(I) Believe (we) will celebrate the hundredth anniversary

Citizens, save the historical monuments

Citizens, save the historical monuments

Long live the genius of the world-wide marvels - mighty creative labor.

Long live the genius of the world-wide marvels – mighty creative labor.

1st of May. All-Russian subbotnik.

1st of May. All-Russian subbotnik.

By a powerful strike of labor, we will destroy the shackles of devastation.

By a powerful strike of labor, we will destroy the shackles of devastation.

Bread spider

Bread spider

(That) What Bolshevism brings to nation

(That) What Bolshevism brings to nation

via Soviet Union propaganda posters.

via Soviet Union propaganda posters.

Soviet Union propaganda posters-The Great Purge and Stalin


Great Purge & Stalin

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Under the leadership of the great Stalin – forward to Communism!

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Glory to Stalin – to the great architect of communism!

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Stalin and Klement Voroshilov

“Long live the workers’ and peasants’ Red Army – the true guard of the Soviet borders!” Gustav

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Klutsis, 1935

Stalin in the Kremlin cares about each one of us!

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Life’s Getting Better. Stalin 1934.

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The captain of the country of Soviets, leads us from victory to victory! 1933

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Stalin

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GPU. counter-revolutionary saboteur.

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Do not speak out!

via Soviet Union propaganda posters.

via Soviet Union propaganda posters.

Soviet Propaganda Posters – Tass Collection 1939-1945


During World War II, the Soviet Union’s news agency, TASS, enlisted artists and writers to bolster support for the nation’s war effort. Working from Moscow, this studio produced hundreds of storefront window posters, one for nearly every day of the war.’

via TASS Windows, 1939-1945 – Retronaut.

via TASS Windows, 1939-1945 – Retronaut.

Soviet Propaganda Photos – Athletic parade in Stalingrad in May 1945


In the archives of Russia there are a lot of unique photographs. There are high-quality color photographs of the USSR before and during the Second World War.

For example, here are the photos of athletic parade in Stalingrad in May 1945 (author – Mark Redkin). The Battle of Stalingrad is considered the largest land battle of the Second World War and the key battle on the Eastern Front.

via Athletic parade in Stalingrad in May 1945 · Russia travel blog.

via Athletic parade in Stalingrad in May 1945 · Russia travel blog.

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