34 thoughts on “Russian Soldiers at Winter”

  1. If I read the date correctly, the first photo was taken in May (2004). I assume these guys were pretty far north. ??

    By the way, the rabbit in photo 4 also appears in photo 7. 🙂

  2. This is a little bit off subject, but worth mentioning, I think–

    I just followed the link, above, to “World War 2 Photos by Dmitri Bal’termants.” They were posted this summer before I found this forum, so this is the first time I saw them.

    I highly recommend them for anyone else interested in military history. They are excellent.

    • You might be interested in “Faces Of A Nation: The Rise and Fall Of The Soviet Union, 1917-1991” by Dmitri Baltermants and Theodore Von Laue. If the library doesn’t have it consider buying it (Amazon has a good buy on them for $20 new). This is a large format book with many great photographs by Baltermants. Von Laue’s text provides a balanced historical view that is free of cold war propaganda.

    • They are certainly very powerful and though provoking images. For some reason I’ve missed that post, thank you for pointing it out.

      • You’re right, they are thought-provoking. I like pictures of soldiers in the “field,” no matter their nationality. It’s interesting to try to read their facial expressions in the context of the situation they are in (such as limited supplies, facing a determined enemy, etc.)

        The photos of the advancing soldiers leaping over the trenches gave me a chill. I was in the US military during the last years of the Cold War, and I remember how much we dreaded the idea of facing of a Russian/Soviet charge. No matter how much propaganda passed between the superpowers, one thing we soldiers knew from our study of the Eastern Front–the Soviet soldiers would fight us to the death, either ours or theirs. 🙂

        • Well if they didn’t they would be shot in the back. I imagine if you were in their place you would do exactly the same, no?

          Where did you serve?

  3. I believe these guys are Belorussians, not Russians. There is little difference ethnically but the uniforms look to be Belorussian. I may be wrong.

  4. For those of you involved in the discussion of Baltermants’s photos, you may like the first few paragraphs of this October 28, 2007 article by Alex Ross in the Los Angeles Times–

    “Tuned to the 20th century–The dissonance of the history’s bloodiest hundred years reverberates in the work of its classical composers.”

    On Aug. 9, 1942, during the 900-day siege of Leningrad, a bedraggled orchestra inside the city played Dmitri Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony, subtitled “Leningrad.”

    The Soviet composer had set to work on this massive symphony the previous summer, just after the German assault on Leningrad began. Arturo Toscanini had conducted a high-profile American performance in July 1942 to a huge radio audience; Time magazine pictured the composer on its cover.

    The Germans got wind of the Leningrad premiere and planned to disrupt it with artillery fire, but a well-timed Russian counterstrike ensured that the performance took place amid eerie silence. Loudspeakers were set up along the Russian perimeter, and strains of “Leningrad” wafted over no man’s land toward the German positions.

    Years later, a former German soldier who was visiting the city told Leningraders that when he and his comrades heard Shostakovich’s adamantine music coming at them, they knew that they would never win the war.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-op-ross28oct28,0,993398.story?coll=la-opinion-rightrail

  5. i never understood why military’s make their troops wear jungle cammo while serving in arctic climates, you would think they could get an alternate uniform or something.

    • Hopefully they have some “over-whites” lying nearby, or at least when they go out on patrol.

      These guys may be a couple of Privates who got in trouble and got put “on detail” by their CO or NCOIC. 🙂

  6. i never understood why military’s make their troops wear jungle cammo while serving in arctic regions, you would think they could get an alternate uniform or something.

  7. The more amazing thing about this is that the Russian military obviously thinks that someone would actually want to invade that place… I kinda think that 15 feet of snow is a pretty good deterrent for would-be aggressors, even without the soldiers.

  8. If global warming ever does happen you won’t have enough snow to do this anymore. Oh Russians aren’t fooled by this dumb idea either.

  9. I think this guys not so young. Maybe they are sergants, officers or contract-solders. On picture 2 you may see russian flag on unuform.

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