Soviet soldier taking care of a war orphan, Russia, 1943; note PPSh-41 submachine gun in soldier's lap

Caption   Soviet soldier taking care of a war orphan, Russia, 1943; note PPSh-41 submachine gun in soldier's lap ww2dbase
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Source    ww2dbaseRussian International News Agency
Identification Code   59504
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Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 6 Apr 2012
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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
19 Oct 2012 08:06:31 PM

DAH SVEE-DAN-YA: "UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN" HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF YOUR COUNTRY WAS INVADED EVERYTHING YOU HAVE KNOWN DESTROYED, YOUR HOME, FAMILY, RELATIVES AND FRIEND DEAD OR MISSING. THIS PHOTOGRAPH IS SIXTY-NINE YEARS OLD AS A SOLDIER, I'VE SEEN THE SAME THING IN VIETNAM, THE UNWANTED, SICK, ABANDONED AND CRIPPLED CHILDREN. DID THIS SOLDIER AND CHILD SURVIVE WWII. LET'S SEE WHAT ANDREI HAS BEEN ISSUED THE M40 WINTER HAT W/RED STAR, 1940 PATTERN SHEEPSKIN COAT, WINTER GLOVES, CHECK OUT THE GLOVE W/SEPARATE TRIGGER FINGER. UNDER HIS WINTER COAT, HE WOULD WARE PADDED JACKET W/PADDED TROUSERS AND FELT OVERBOOTS THAT WERE WORN OVER REGULAR MARCHING BOOTS. HIS WEAPON IS THE PPSh-41 SUB MACHINE GUN WITH 71 ROUND DRUM MAGAZINE. I DON'T SEE ANY RANK, BUT HIS WINTER UNIFORM IS THAT OF AN OFFICER, SO LETS PROMOTE ANDREI FROM LIEUTENANT TO SENIOR LIEUTENANT. AFTER HER MEAL, LITTLE ANIA RECEIVED KISSES AND HUGS FROM THE REST OF ANDREI'S PLATOON AND WAS TAKEN TO A MEDICAL SECTION GIVEN A MEDICAL CHECKUP AND SENT TO THE SAFTY OF OCCUPIED RUSSIAN TERRITORY BOTH ANDREI, THE PLATOON AND LITTLE ANIA NEVER MET AGAIN...
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
21 Oct 2012 03:57:52 PM

SO WHAT IS ANDREI FEEDING LITTLE ANIA COULD IT BE "KASHA" A BUCKWHEAT TYPE PORRIDGE. FOOD SUPPLIES WERE SCARCE FOR SOVIET TROOPS PRIORITY WAS GIVEN TO FUEL AND AMMUNITION FOOD WAS AVAILABLE AT TIMES WITHIN THE SUPPLY SYSTEM. RUNNERS WOULD BE SENT BACK TO PICKUP AND CARRY INSULANTED CONTAINERS W/HOT FOOD BACK TO THE PLATOON. FIELD KITCHENS COOKED WHAT WAS AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SUPPLY SYSTEM MEN WERE FED SOUPS AND STEWS W/CABBAGE, RICE, POTATOES, VEGETABLES, MEAT AND POULTRY, REMEMBER THAT BORSCHT(BEET SOUP)EGGS, MILK WHEN AVAILABLE, BREAD, COFFEE, TEA, WATER ALSO EACH MAN WAS ISSUED A "VODKA" RATION OF 100 GRAMS AND A TOBACCO RATION. TROOPS EVEN TOOK TO LIVING OFF THE LAND IN FINDING ADDED FOOD, OR USED CAPTURED GERMAN FOOD STOCKS. IN TOUGH TIMES, IVAN COULD BE VERY RESOURCEFUL...

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