Category: Week 7 Posts

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

900 Days of Starvation

September 8, 1941 was the day that would mark the beginning of a horrific two and a half years for the City of Leningrad(modern day St. Petersburg). General Ritter von Leeb who was the commander of Germany’s Army Group North had severed the city’s last main road and began bombarding targets, the harshest lethal siege in history began on this day. Hitler’s goal was to …

Between Shades of Gray

Over spring break I read Between Shades of Gray (published March 2011), a young adult historical fiction novel by Ruta Sepetys. The story follows a 15-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941 who is taken from her home with her mother and younger brother by the NKVD (Soviet secret police). They are put on a crowded, dirty […]

I’ll Be Seeing You

When thinking about fighting in a war, especially world wars, we tend to think patriotism is what fueled individuals. Persons of Axis or Ally support without a doubt had a strong sense of patriotism; however, it cannot be forgotten the role that romance played. During World War II, the Soviet Union witnessed the heightening of […]

Twisted Steel: The Battle of Kursk

  The level of carnage and destruction that took place on the Eastern Front of the Second World War is almost incomprehensible, and no single battle better captures this devastation than the Battle of Kursk, with an estimated over 1 million combined causalities. The Battle of Kursk, known as Operation Citadel by the Germans, was … Continue reading Twisted Steel: The Battle of Kursk