Victorious Red Army soldiers at a train stop, 1945.
A dramatic photo of a Red Army soldier praying during the Battle of Kursk.
Russia has only two allies: the army and the navy. — Emperor Alexander III (1845 - 1894). (via history-in-pictures)
(Source: memory-of-the-romanovs, via williambarrettravis)
Norwegian collaborators of Sonderabteilung Lola photographed at the Tondheim courthouse.
The woman smiling and marked with a ‘6’ was Kitty Margarete Grande, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison . When questioned about her war activities by a Swedish journalist in 1989, she was quoted as to saying she regretted nothing.
Too many people learn about war with no inconvenience to themselves. They read about Verdun or Stalingrad without comprehension, sitting in a comfortable armchair, with their feet beside the fire, preparing to go about their business the next day, as usual.
One should really read such accounts under compulsion, in discomfort, considering oneself fortunate not to be describing the events in a letter home, writing from a hole in the mud. One should read about war in the worst circumstances, when everything is going badly, remembering that the torments of peace are trivial, and not worth any white hairs. Nothing is really serious in the tranquility of peace; only an idiot could be really disturbed by a question of salary.
One should read about war standing up, late at night, when one is tired, as I am writing about it now, at dawn, while my asthma attack wears off. And even now, in my sleepless exhaustion, how gentle and easy peace seems! — Guy Sajer, The Forgotten Soldier (via jackmarlowe)
What we intended was to look after our elementary necessities of life, in the same way that England looked after her own interests in order to make one-fifth of the world subject to her, and in the same way that the United States brought an entire continent and Russia brought the largest inland territory of the world under their hegemony. The only difference between the policies of these countries as compared with ours is that we demanded parcels of land such as Danzig and the Corridor which were taken from us against all rights, whereas the other powers are accustomed to thinking only in terms of continents. —
Joachim von Ribbentrop : Nuremberg Trials - Closing Statement (via reichsmarschall)
Anyone who know the maps of the time, see that germany needed to take it’s territories back in order to have coal and generally run itself as a country. America devoured other territories just because it wanted a bigger land. Not greed, survival, that should be a better common understandment of that.