June 22nd, 1941

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.

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3 Comments

  1. Posted May 7, 2007 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    you might be interested in this odd, very fascinating blog – Shorpy, the 100-Year-Old Photo Blog: http://www.shorpy.com/

  2. Posted May 7, 2007 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    I love Shorpy…I check it every day and even had a post here tangentially connected with it: https://elizatruitt.wordpress.com/2007/03/27/anacostia-market/

  3. Stephen Truitt
    Posted April 15, 2008 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    I get more info reading your blog than from you!
    An interesting fact about the German invasion and Russian Army was that it included some 1000 women snipers! They were crucial at Stalingrad which raged back and forth for months. The German defeat there made the outcome of WW2 certain, despite the US claim that DDay etc was the breaking of the Axis.


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