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.
The stake of the interventionists is overbid!
10 years (anniversary) of the october (revolution)
Long live KOMSOMOL
Think about those who are starving
The victory of the Revolution is in cooperation of workers and peasants.
(I) Believe (we) will celebrate the hundredth anniversary
Citizens, save the historical monuments
Long live the genius of the world-wide marvels – mighty creative labor.
1st of May. All-Russian subbotnik.
By a powerful strike of labor, we will destroy the shackles of devastation.
(That) What Bolshevism brings to nation
Under the leadership of the great Stalin – forward to Communism!
Stalin and Klement Voroshilov
“Long live the workers’ and peasants’ Red Army – the true guard of the Soviet borders!” Gustav
Stalin in the Kremlin cares about each one of us!
Life’s Getting Better. Stalin 1934.
The captain of the country of Soviets, leads us from victory to victory! 1933
GPU. counter-revolutionary saboteur.
Do not speak out!
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.’
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.