Its Our Flag

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In early May there is a day when people used to celebrate the victory in the World War II. Before this day each city tries to put a few billboards with some nice words about the “Victory Day” and each year each city puts new billboards around, hiring new designers to prepare those. And almost each year in one of the Russian cities one of the designers preparing this stuff messes it up and uses something as an illustration that is not actually correct. We had a post when once they used German Nazi tanks as the glorious victory tanks and now they used this.

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We all know this picture, now it got new meaning.

20 thoughts on “Its Our Flag”

    • Actually, it is not and there is film taken a few feet away to prove it. It was, however, the second flag raising that day, the earlier one being a smaller flag that could not be seen from the beaches below.

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    • It was posed, after photos of the real event were taken.
      In fact, the Russians did exactly the same thing in Berlin. Their guys made it to the top of the Reichstag, placed the flag. But that wasn’t enough, so they had to stage it again the next day and take photo’s of it and make a big deal out of it.
      Not like it was simply made up out of thin air.

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    • Absolutely ridiculous. This particular photograph was not posed at all, but was indeed taken after the first flag rising on Iwo-Jima. This was the second flag risen to replace the previous one. However, it is in no way posed.

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    • I knew Joe Rosenthal, the photographer who snapped the famous Iwo Jima flag raising, briefly a few years before his death in 2006. He still worked for the San Francisco Chronicle Newspaper then. According to Joe, there were, as some pointed out, other photos in addition to this one. Photographers still routinely take numerous shots of a single event when they can. This particular shot was done later and used a larger flag, at a commander’s request, so friend and foe alike could see the battle was won. No need to traduce the moment or motives, it all happened during combat and produced an iconic image of comrades at arms doing a heroic and noble thing for their country. Joe would be honored to know a version of his work was used here as well.

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  1. That was just lazy. The Russian people did many great things during WWII and they should be celebrated. Who ever did this cheap rip off copy job should be forced to sit in a history class taught by the veterans of the great war. (and then shot)

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  2. The irony is under King Obama. We are not much different from the negative ways of what that flag represent(might differ from the Russian because of the way we are taught).

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  3. Heh. They do the same in the US. Ads for politicians who want to be tough and militaristic, and sometimes if you look closely, oops, those are Russian ships or airplanes behind them. In this case, the artist had the bad luck to choose what is probably the most iconic American picture from WWII.

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  4. Recycled propaganda, nothing more, nothing less.

    If you are interested in a fairly good history about the original photograph, please read the book entitled “Flags of Our Fathers”. This book was written from interviews with the actual men involved in the event itself.

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  5. i think its kinda trolling, like, “mericans didnt win the war”, thats why its written “thats OUR victory”. i think u all should detect a troll there, case closed.

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  6. The US also has a history of copying old Soviet pictures for political campaigns. One of the best is the Romney/Ryan picture that is directly copied from the old famous Soviet Welder/Farmer poster.

    Here though, they surely could have used the Soviet holding the flag on the Reichstag right?

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  7. well, in my country we don’t have that tradition (or that kind of problem). because we lost ww2 :). so we look forward, not backwards.

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