Tag: World War II

Battle of Kursk

The Battle of Kursk could be seen as the turning point for the Soviets in World War II. This battle occurred in 1943 and was the result of a failed German attack on the Soviet Forces. The Germans could see that a Soviet defense line was pushing into their territory and so they took a […]

Defend the Motherland!

There is no denying that war brings many changes to a nation. The social changes within Russia during and after WWII are seen in many ways, including the changing role women played throughout. Women were used in many propaganda ways; the use of women in feature films to promote different aspects of the war was […]

You Rebel Scum!

On June 22, 1941, Hitler’s planned invasion of the Soviet Union, Operation Barbarossa, commenced making rapid advancements across the Soviet Union. The German Army moved so quickly that many Soviet units were just overrun, especially the reserve units and party leaders. As the Germans moved across Soviet lands they committed many war crimes against Russians, … Continue reading You Rebel Scum!

Smiles on Their Faces

“They seem nice and handsome and educated. They worked. And rested. And worked again.” This description was found in the film Ordinary Fascism by Mikhail Romm. He was describing the German soldiers who were fighting on the Eastern Front during the Great Pattriotic War. While using these descriptors, Romm inserted into his film images that alternated […]

The Entitlement Warriors

The Soviet veterans of the Great Patriotic War, though united through the fight for entitlements, differed greatly in generational experience and social welfare. The frontline generation, born between 1923 and 1927, “had not been established in adult life before the war and by 1945 had not learned much more than ‘shoot, throw grenades, and creep around’… Continue reading The Entitlement Warriors