PROPHETIC PHOTO

History of War - - TOVARISCH – THE FACE OF RUSSIAN RESISTANCE -

An orig­i­nal in­ter­na­tional News Photo im­age, sent on 25 Septem­ber 1936, with the no­ta­tion, “Red Ma­chine Gun crew.” An­other cap­tion­ing read, “Did Some­body Want the Urals?” The caption is in­ter­est­ing in view of a broad­cast made by Hitler in 1936 – “if i had the Urals”.

A ma­chine gun crew of the Red Army is pic­tured in ac­tion dur­ing the au­tumn ma­noeu­vres of troops of the Kiev Mil­i­tary Dis­trict in the Odessa Re­gion of the USSR. crews like this had been dropped by para­chute from aero­planes in Red Army tests. in the fol­low­ing spring, Josef Stalin in­sti­gated a se­ries of purges, known as ‘The Great Ter­ror’, which would con­tinue into 1938. es­ti­mates vary widely, but some­where be­tween 1.5 mil­lion and 20 mil­lion Soviet cit­i­zens, from the hum­blest to high­est gov­ern­ment and mil­i­tary of­fi­cers, were ar­rested, and be­tween 700,000 and 7 mil­lion died or were ex­e­cuted.

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