That photo was retouched by soviet propaganda. They "cut off" little too many robbed watches that soldier had on his forearm... Yeah there's stories that soviet soldiers often start conversation with "davay chasy!" what mean "give me watch!".
This photo might have been touched up it is not the soviet version. The soviet alterations show the man holding on to the other flag bearer is wearing no watches at all. You can see a comparison in the links below.
i saw this pic in a history book for the battle of saint petersburg.... you sure it was berlin? i want to know, i take my history very seriously (no joke i want to know what actually happened. if i wanted to know any more i would want to live there in those times... XD)
I wouldn't be surprised if the Soviet Flag was raised over Saint Petersburg (Leningrad). The Siege of Leningrad finally ended in January, 1944 some 872 days after the German Army Group North laid siege in September, 1941.
Comrades! The Conference appealed to all who consider themselves left, who hate the current political regime, who cares about the future of our nation. Red Flag has always stood at the forefront of the struggle for workers' rights against the dictatorship of capitalism. The correct analysis of the situation, a sound approach to dealing with people, determination and steadfastness of action allowed the left-wing forces to achieve such a global success, as the Great October Socialist Revolution, the flames which spread to other countries and continents. However, at the present stage of history the heirs of the October Revolution have largely lost their leading positions. Why does this happen? You can find lots of reasons: lack of preparedness of the proletariat, the information blockade, stricter by the day of repression, excessive compromise in parliament. However, we must recognize that one of the main enemies of the Left - its fragmentation. The presence of several dozen organizations that call themselves communist and leftist, only confuses people. While the extra-parliamentary left-wing ideological debate about the intricacies and drag each other activists, communist "brand" is actually privatized the Communist Party. Yes, the party still has mass. However, the monopoly of "communism" no good end can not by definition. The lack of real competition on the left flank of the political leads to stagnation and apathy. Place on the forefront of street fighting increasingly occupy the opposition forces of the liberal persuasion. It is unpleasant to realize, but - it's true.
True, true. Starting Barbarossa was Hitlers biggest mistake. He should've learned from Napoleon. But the Red Army was on the edge of collapsing in '41 because Stalin made the mistake by eliminating many officers during the great purge who could've been very valuable in the great patriotic war, some years later.