48 American View On Soviet Soldiers

American View On Soviet Soldiers

Posted on August 9, 2011 by kulichik


Pictures below show a parody of Soviet soldiers as viewed by American cinematographers in 1980 with huge red stars on their fur hats, vodka and balalaikas against the background of red flags. Enjoy Cranberry, Made In Russia.


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48 Responses to “American View On Soviet Soldiers”

  1. testicules says:

    Is this an Abercrombie and Fitch commercial? It doesn’t make any sense at all.

  2. Art says:

    I’m Not Russian or American. But I have to say that Russians never used Japanese hand guns and none of them had long hair. also the AK-74 was invented in 1974. Those tanks are from WWII , and Katjusha.

    At least some people that know a little about that period will Know that this was for a joke :)

    • Yojimbo says:

      There are no Japaneses weapons in these pictures maybe you are confusing the Mauser pistol or the Makrov for one.It is obviously a joke but they do have the weapons right it is supposed to the stereotype throughout the Cold War during which time all these weapons where in use at some point.

      They do not have the Hollywood stereotype right though in most films the Russians were a poorly detailed dress uniform refer to Red Dawn for the standard stereotype. Though by their direct adversary they where respected.
      Also I think that the one with long hair is a woman though it is hard to tell might be man.

  3. USNCPO says:

    Odd–as a member of the US Navy through the 80s and 90s I can tell you that we always considered the Soviet solders and sailors as well equipped, well trained, and dedicated adversaries.

    No body laughed at them–we all knew that if we ever had to meet them in battle it would be a very tough fight.

  4. Galitsin says:

    Colonel epaulettes, stars for sergeant (praporshtik)

  5. Nebukadnezar says:

    art: maybe you should look again…wwII equipment? so you think bm21 grad is wwII as well as t62 and 72? …go play world of tanks lol XD

  6. John says:

    Texas it is not. Wrong trees and we never get that much snow in the forested areas.

  7. from says:

    Guy in a black beret looks like a Cuban military
    adviser from Red Dawn

  8. Macsen says:

    When I was in the Canadian Army, at the end of the 1970’s, we didn’t worry about the Soviet solders. We saw the Americans as a much bigger threat…

  9. Hipster says:

    Texas – 50 miles

    Haha, those guys better go back and get more guns. Texas children are more armed than they are.

  10. John says:

    This was actually part of a documentary on Soviet Russia from 1989 called “Final Verdict” which appeared at the Glaznost Film Festival. They are laughing because they were asked to smile for the camera. Unfortunately due to security restrictions, they were not allowed to shoot on an actual military base and had to put together whatever surplus equipment they could find.

  11. Tntempest says:

    No way these pictures were taken in the U.S.

    Cars is background are not sold in the U.S.

    Doubt we have a lot of old Russian equipment sitting around and multiples of one type of rocket launcher sitting outside as static displays anywhere.

    There is no way that girl in the photos is American.

    • OLUT says:

      Can’t tell if trolling… if so, carry on!

      They’re acting. Making fun of how Hollywood depicts Russian soldiers in 1980s movies.

  12. Ivanko says:

    Hollywood isn’t different –
    they still depict most Soviets / Russians with Jewish, ugly British and Yugoslavian actors.

    It’s part of the reason why everyone assumed, during the Cold War, that Eastern European women were fat and nasty but in reality those were just fat and nasty female American actors.

  13. Monkeycheezz says:

    Very badass view actuelly, thanks yankees XD

  14. Tim Dennison says:

    I never saw this before, it is not an accurate depiction of our view of Russian soldiers. It is almost a kind of propaganda to show how arrogant Americans are? It is very insulting, and I hope Russians will not be offended. This is inflammatory, and embarrassing. Besides, it was made in the 80’s. That was a bad time.

  15. tangerin says:

    Some what funny due to ridiculousness of the uniforms, but the ugliness of the female participant serves the theme nicely.

  16. Musa says:

    For a second I thought the one with the long blonde hair was a woman and she was a whole lot of ugly and not at all how we thought Russian Women were/are (everyone knows they’re beautiful), then I realize it was a man and he’s supposed to be Ukrainian or something like that.

    • Musa says:

      I know this is just people having fun but USNCPO is right, we always thought the Russian Military were extremely discipline and formidable enemies, certainly nothing to play around with.

      I believe this image was more like early 20th Century or before Russian Country People with playing the accordian and balalaikas, drinking tea and vodka and dancing, it’s more of a folk image really. I think it’s an endearing imagine actually but when mixed with Russian Military Uniforms.

  17. OldBikr says:

    Sorry Art, the handgun was a 7.63 Mauser “Bolo”. This type of hand gun was popular with the Bolsheviks during the Revolution, no self respecting Russian soldier would carry such an obsolete weapon now. The Tokarev TT33 was much, much better, I should know because I own a Tokarev, a Makarov and I have handled the Mauser.

    FYI the Japanese did not use Mausers as a rule, even though their officers could and did carry privately obtained handguns. Japan never issued the Mauser to the best of my recollection, I could be wrong but I doubt it.

    One further observation…this interesting travesty could not have been put together by any American. The photographer has access to things generally only found in Russia. Coincidentally there are Russia tanks in America and the owner (a private collector) treats those tanks with the utmost respect, so they are kept in fighting trim not in parade colors.

    YES it was a joke, just not an American one and I hope not a Russian one either.

    • OldBikr says:

      Oh and by the way…The last time I was in Texas I didn’t find a single Birch tree in the wild.

      Was this something put together for a Rock and Roll band maybe?

      I looked at the handgun again and now I am not sure what the hell it is, it does resemble the Mauser type though.

  18. SMERSH says:

    Wolverines!

  19. Boritz says:

    Go to original source (Russian) for better explanation. It remains, however, absurd. Maybe they were smoking something funny?

  20. Domo says:

    These photos are clearly not insulting, they’re just made for the lulz!
    It was fun to watch, SAMOVAR was the best! ;)

  21. noname says:

    Those guys are holding accordion upside-down. Even if this is a joke they should at least hold it properly.

    • OLUT says:

      I thought that made it funnier (although I don’t know if he realised it was wrong.)

      I also like the guy with the mustache glued to his real mustache. Comedy!

  22. Cindy says:

    HUH? Was this a TV show? I’m confused…I’m an American and this doesn’t look like any depictions of Soviet/Russian soldiers I’VE ever seen…

  23. Otis R. Needleman says:

    Very weird. Might have done better to post stills from Red Dawn. In that movie Soviet soldiers were portrayed as hard, competent fighters.

  24. Archy Bunka says:

    A. Bunka here. Looks like a bunch of 70 era stoners making a funny, it’s a satire not to be taken seriously.

  25. OLUT says:

    The text may be confusing. The people who made these photos are Russians. The photos are new, and they are made as parody of how Russians are shown in old Hollywood movies.

    That aside, I LOL’d! The pictures are great; and being a Leningrad Cowboys fan, I see nothing wrong or inaccurate here.

    Also, WOLVERINE!!!

  26. OLUT says:

    One more thing —

    There were some American movies/TV that made this parody look boring. The 1950s-60s show “Car 54 Where Are You?” did one where a group of Soviet officials came to New York. They were all the bad stereotypes. One was a female General who had giant eyebrows and droned on about Soviet production and the evils of capitalism, with a terrible fake Russian accent. They took her to a beauty salon and she became immediately in love with America’s ways.

    Funny about that episode… the Russians were played by non-Russians, and the Americans, the main actors on the show, some of them were actually Russian immigrants.

  27. Elsa says:

    They’re smiling, big mistake. Russians don’t smile.

  28. Eugene says:

    That’s a good one. I tought they were like that.
    It will be perfect if there is a glamorous female soldier and some Vodka.

  29. Tangowolf says:

    This was amusing and it was certainly satire. I don’t think that anyone should derive any insult from this as I’m sure this was not the intent. Speaking as a military brat who grew up on Air Force bases in the 80s, I can certainly state that we were absolutely terrified of the military threat that we were led to believe. It wasn’t the propaganda that made us fearful or what we saw in movies. It was the look of grim determination on our fathers’ and mothers’ faces every time the base was on high alert status. This told us, very subtly, that the Soviet military machine was indeed something to be taken quite seriously and that war was inevitable. I’m very relieved that it never went that way. Now that the old Cold War is gone, I’m finally able to learn more about the people that were supposedly our ideological enemies. I’m very grateful for this website and the opportunity to peek into what’s happening in Russia. Though Russians still scare me, I am completely in love with Russian culture and her people.

  30. testicules says:

    Last to say Wolverine!

  31. Bambi Slayer says:

    Please Take Texas from us. half of Americans wish they would succeed from the Union after Bush the Village Idiot was appointed by the Supreme Court to the Presidency

  32. texastwostep says:

    very insulting to Russian soldiers.

  33. Benzin says:

    where long beards of the soldiers and idly Loose Bears??????????

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