Victory Day – May 9, 1945

Soviet soldier waving the red banner over central Stalingrad – February 1943

May 9 is celebrated in Russia as Victory Day; the 70th anniversary of the of the Soviet Union’s victory over the Wehrmacht.. Four years earlier the greatest land struggle in history commenced beginning an unprecedented slaughter that would kill tens of millions of soldiers and civilians before it was over.

The Great Patriotic War was not fought to defend Soviet communism or for Stalin – it was fought by ordinary people to defend the Russian motherland from a fascist invader determined to treat the Slavs as untermenschen – to relocate. enslave or murder all of them and repopulate Western Russia with German settlers.

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Victory Day May 9, 1945.  Ranks of Soviet troops carry captured Nazi war standards and dump them in a great pile.

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Marshall Zhukov will give the command to burn the Nazi war standards – Victory Day 1945 

Russia never forgets the sacrifice of the Great Patriotic War.

May 9 every year is celebrated as Victory Day with great ceremony in the Kremlin Square and throughout Russia. Soldiers solemnly carry the red Banner of Victory, a makeshift flag bearing the hammer and sickle of the Soviet Union  which was hung on the Reichstag in Berlin in 1945.

The great war memorial to Mother Russia at Stalingrad (now Volgograd) under which 70,000 soldiers are buried.

Wait for me, and I’ll come back!
Wait with all you’ve got!
Wait, when dreary yellow rains
Tell you, you should not.
Wait when snow is falling fast,
Wait when summer’s hot,
Wait when yesterdays are past,
Others are forgot.
Wait, when from that far-off place,
Letters don’t arrive.
Wait, when those with whom you wait
Doubt if I’m alive.

Wait for me, and I’ll come back!
Wait in patience yet
When they tell you off by heart
That you should forget.
Even when my dearest ones
Say that I am lost
Even when my friends give up,
Sit and count the cost,
Drink a glass of bitter wine
To the fallen friend –
Wait! And do not drink with them!
Wait until the end!

Wait for me and I’ll come back,
Dodging every fate!
“What a bit of luck!” they’ll say,
Those that would not  wait.
They will never understand
How amidst the strife,
By your waiting for me, dear,
You had saved my life.
Only you and I will know
How you got me through.
Simply – you knew how to wait –
No one else but you.

The Russian war poem “Wait for Me”, was written by Konstantin Simonov in 1941 while he served as a war correspondent at the front for Krasnaya Zvezda,  the” Red Star”.

It was printed on the front page, cut out by soldiers and carried with them or mailed to their mothers, wives and sweethearts as Russian troops battled Nazi armies 30 miles from Moscow and Leningrad (again St. Petersburg).

It was commonly found in the pockets of the dead.

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http://www.gympietimes.com.au/news/70th-anniversary-red-army-stalingrad/1740958/

http://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2011/10/world-war-ii-after-the-war/100180/

http://redkalinka.com/Russian-Blog/121/_9-May-Victory-Day

http://www.advantour.com/rus/russia/volgograd/mamaev-kurgan.htm

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I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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4 Responses to Victory Day – May 9, 1945

  1. Tala Carson says:

    Thank you for this post with all my heart!

    The 9th of May is a special Day for our nation…

    We are so proud of the soldiers and all the people who defended our Fatherland!

    My grandfather was off at the front and never came back home…

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  2. beetleypete says:

    The Mother Russia statue is so impressive. Even though I have no connection with Russia (other than a few visits to the former Soviet Union) it always really gets to me. The suffering of the Russians still doesn’t get enough attention in the West.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  3. Interesting how the US-backed fascist government in Kiev is writing all this history.

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