Right now I’m reading Moscow 1941: A City and Its People At War by Rodric Braithwaite. It’s a fascinating book and I just finished a section on women in the Red Army and was astounded to learn that 800,000 women served in in the Red Army during WWII; roughly 40% of doctors at the front were women. There were also several all-female flying regiments, some of whom flew as far as Berlin at the end of the war. But the reason I’m posting is because I just came across this photo (pardon the bad scan, it’s a library book) taken by an unknown photographer at the RIA-Novosti agency. The composition is a little odd but the emotion on the face of the woman in the foreground makes a caption almost unnecessary; she and the rest of the crowd standing on Gorky Street in Moscow are listening to an announcement over a public loudspeaker that Germany has just invaded Russia.