The Sword of Victory

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These days there were huge celebrations for the Victory Day – the annual date when they mark the victory of Russia in World War 2. In Russia people got really amused when someone tells them that World War 2 was won by allies. Every Russia, from schoolboy to oldest granddad know that the World War 2 victory is Russian.

So right after the war ended the decided to commemorate the victory in art too. They wanted to erect something as big as never was done before. So the idea came to someone to build not one but a chain of monuments and place them in different locations to shock the imagination of people with the scale of this creation.

And so it has been done. Three huge tall monuments were build in three locations – from Ural mountains in the central Russia to Berlin, Germany. All three monuments were connected by one item. It was a huge metal sword of victory.

Let’s go inside to see all three in detail.

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The first one as I said was built in the Ural region. That region was not affected by World War 2 – German troops simply didn’t manage to approach those areas. Many plants and factories were moved from the frontline and nazi occupied cities to this region to continue manufacturing weaponry and supplies for the Red Army.

So here the Sword of Victory has been hammered into shape and then handled to the Soldier by the Blacksmith. That’s how the story of the sword begins

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The actual shot of that times when the metal sword was prepared.

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Then we move more than thousand miles to the west, to the city of Stalingrad, where the most furious battles took place in 1942.

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There the second part of this art composition was built. The raging fighting motherland using the sword of victory to do justice upon the Nazi agressors.

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That’s the tallest and biggest of all three.

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And the third one was built more than thousand miles further west, in… Berlin, Germany. The German government caused no obstacles to the art initiative and allowed Russian architects to erect this one in the center of their capital, probably acknowledging the role of the Soviet Russia in the WW2 victory.

Here the sword is hold down resting on top of the crushed down swastics.

As a result, they say this to be the most huge artistic complex in the world – three parts separated by thousands of miles representing the actual range of the battlefronts during the WW2 and connected by the Sword.

23 thoughts on “The Sword of Victory”

  1. > The German government caused no obstacles to the art initiative and allowed Russian architects to erect this one in the center of their capital, probably acknowledging the role of the Soviet Russia in the WW2 victory.

    This monument is located in Treptow. It’s definitelly not a center of Berlin. It’s not even inside a Berliner Ring. And of course german government wasn’t able to cause any obstacles that time, because in may 1949 (when the monument was erected) there was no german state, just 4 occupation zones.

    There are more soviet war memorials in Berlin and one of them is really located in the centre of the city (near Brandenburger Tor, in american zone):

    What’s funny in Treptow Memorial, that soviet soldier is depicted in st. Christophers’ pose. An atheist saint 😉

  2. You Russians really know how to erect a giant statue. I hope to see the Mother Russia sculpture in person one day.

  3. So WW2 is looked at as a sole Russian victory huh? Strange I thought we here in the good ol’ USA sent our commrades weapons and supplies by the cargo ship loads.I also thought that opening up another front might have hepled as well.It seems to me that the harsh Russian winter was the decisive factor…of course when you have a commisar at your back with orders to shoot you from Stalin himself you tend to be a little more heroic as well.Russians have an interesting way of changing/copying everything to suit their purpose..why not history?

    • Sent? You mean sell? There some difference, u know..
      And 2-nd front was opened.. well, too late to break the course of war, but enough in time to snatch a part of europe.

      • Why didn’t the USSR open a second front in april 1940, when Germany invaded Denmark and Norway? Why didn’t the USSR open second front in May 1940, when Germany invaded Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg and France? Why didn’t the USSR during the Battle of Britain in summer 1940? Why didn’t the USR open asecond front when Greece was attacked in October 1940? Why didn’t the USSR open a second front when Egypt was attacked in September 1940? Why didn’t the USSR open a second front in April 1941, when the Germans invaded Yougoslavia? Oh yes, I see, Stalin was too busy collaborating with Stalin.

        By the way, since May 1940, the British never stopped fighting the Germans, first in France, then during the Battle of Britain and later in the German air space, in North Africa, at sea and since 1943 in Italy. Why is there always talk about a “second front” when in reality it constituted a third front?

    • True. Can not argue with that. US cars, trucks and supplies were shipped to the USSR and were a great help when fighting nazi’s. Russian historians of course try to leave this out of the history books because it seems to degrade the grandness of the Russian victory. But I, as a Russian, can tell you the victory was the result of combined efforts!! I do not believe the indoctrination in history books anymore!

  4. The first memorial with the figures having their hands above their heads is pretty tragicomic. It seems the best capture would be: “Bitte, Herr Fritz, nicht schießen!” 😀 Pure soc-realistic atrocity.

  5. It pointless to argue with Americans about who won the war. Americans usually don’t read books. Those who do read usually get their books from Oprah’s book club. School textbooks here in US are pretty much similar to the ones that were written in Soviet Union. It glorifies the US, touches a little bit on a Roman Empire, and never mention anything about the Native American massacres that took place.

    So, Americans should be forgiven for being ignorant.

  6. The statues are cool. My favorite is the woman both for the subject and the style.

    Yes, it’s true the perception of WW2 in the US and the rest of the english speaking world is unfair. Part of it is that every country is full of propaganda but a big part of it is that while most other countries fought together, the Soviet people had to fight by themselves and then were cut off from outside contact by Stalin and then made into a Straw Man by governments and media everywhere else for the past 60 years.

    If the Iron Curtain had never gone up, then english speakers would have a more realistic understanding of WW2 history.

    We also could have gotten to Mars by now with Russian rockets and US electronics.

  7. In the picture #9 one can actually see one more statue – this is located in Kiev, Ukraine. Here’s the link to some pics:

  8. 85% of German Army was fighting in the East front. 90% of the German casualties (and their allies) around 7 million soldiers were killed in the Eastern front. US entered the war in Europe only 5-6 months before the end.. Russians obviously done much more of the fighting.. 8.5 million Russian soldiers died. Maybe 800,000-1,000,000 other allies were dead, mostly killed at the beginning of the war before Soviet Union entered. It was simple, Britain and US were waiting for Germans and Russians to kill each other, with a possibility to attack the winner later. The Red Army, however became the strongest army in Europe at the end of the war and Western powers could never fight them.. Thus came the iron curtain..

  9. By the way, the term “Allies” of WWII refers to all of the countries (Including the USSR) opposed to the Axis Powers.

  10. Wondering where the second one is located? the one with the two men – this has inspired my daughter and I to plan a trip to see all three…




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