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Soviet Flag over the Reichstag by jhansard Soviet Flag over the Reichstag by jhansard
The victorious Red Army raises the Flag of the Soviet Union on the battered rooftop of the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany, May 1945.

Photograph by Yevgeny Khaldei (1917-1997). Public Domain.
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:iconcomradevladimirovich:
ComradeVladimirovich Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
Glorious indeed, Comrade. It was a victory for the People!
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:iconfoxiwan:
Foxiwan Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
One of my favorite pictures by far of World War 2.
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:iconthe-stroy:
The-Stroy Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
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!".
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IonizedIan Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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. 

Original
Altered
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:iconlichtie:
lichtie Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
A great upload!
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:iconshtopochka:
Shtopochka Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Student General Artist
This photo wonderful! And an event was in truth unforgettable! The pangs of people ended! A tyrant is squashed!
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:iconvladimirseyer:
VladimirSeyer Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
The Facist Reich has Fall before the Soviet Union.
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:iconrussiaguy:
RussiaGuy Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
<font><font>Hooray!!!</font></font>
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:iconhopeless2012:
hopeless2012 Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:puke:
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:iconmrraptor-the-1st:
MrRaptor-the-1st Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist
[link] VICTORY COMRADES!
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:iconsky-commander:
sky-commander Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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)
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:iconjhansard:
jhansard Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
Here you go. Information on the photographer Yevgeny Khaldei and his iconic photograph of the Soviet Flag over the Reichstag: [link]
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sky-commander Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
looks good, guess i need to sue the education system.... the are failing everyone, at the governments request
>.<
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:iconjhansard:
jhansard Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
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.
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sky-commander Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
and cost a few millions lives.... but that would be a different picture, i was taught that this pic was the leningrad pic.
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spootypumpkins Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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.
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LOLMANIC45 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Student Writer
Proudest moments of the war.
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:iconbeastyboy89:
BeastyBoy89 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
One word:


POWERFUL.

And another word: Favorite.
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:iconmk456:
mk456 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
oh hey look its nicholai from world at war
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:iconmafia-queen:
Mafia-Queen Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Student Photographer
awesome!!!! it's so cool!
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:iconsupersuomismoker:
SuperSuomiSmoker Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Symbol of victory over Hitler's Germany

They really kicked his ass ;)
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Multipersonall Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This calls for a celebration!
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:iconpanzernecker:
Panzernecker Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
Wish I was there...
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Shad0wf1re Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
The Germans worst mistake was invading the Homeland. WE ATE THEIR OFFICERS, CHASED THEM OUT OF MOTHER RUSSIA, AND DESTROYED THE POWER THEY HELD SO TIGHTLY TO
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Volksfeind Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
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.
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tomtomlegps Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011   Traditional Artist
un bon nazi est un nazi mort
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:iconjhansard:
jhansard Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
Un peuple en état de révolution est invincible!
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deadtothaworld Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010   Writer
viva la russia still could kick germanys ass
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superturtle99 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
ahhhh...russia...so orgasmic...
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:iconkogr:
KOGR Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
did you modify this by any means?
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:iconjhansard:
jhansard Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
Nope. Used it as a reference image, so didn't touch the original photographers work.
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:iconkogr:
KOGR Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
Nice I just noticed the both watches. This is quite a historical symbol, the scarlet banner over the temple of the facsists.
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:iconjhansard:
jhansard Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
Indeed, although like the raising of the US Flag on Iwo Jima, the raising of the Soviet Flag over the Reichstag was done twice :)
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:icon33k7:
33k7 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
In the Soviet army it takes more courage to retreat than advance.
Joseph Stalin
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:iconjhansard:
jhansard Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
Agreed. :D
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:iconltachi676:
ltachi676 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010
the red army fighted and defeted 80% of the germen army
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Maiconmzp Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This picture is so exciting, it heals me.
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:iconmarketgarden:
marketgarden Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Student Photographer
This has got to be one of humanity's finest hours, when the evil forces of fascism were struck down.
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L3GITchaos28 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
3rd reich: OWNED
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:iconjhansard:
jhansard Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
Majorly!
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:iconpandorasbane:
PandorasBane Featured By Owner May 30, 2010   Writer
Ironic I have this same picture as my theme on firefox haha.
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:iconyozuru:
Yozuru Featured By Owner May 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Look at the guy helping the flag bearer, he has two watches! Seems like someone looted..
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:iconjhansard:
jhansard Featured By Owner May 17, 2010
Ha! I never notice that. The watch was probably liberated when the Reichstag was :)
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:iconoctopanzer:
octopanzer Featured By Owner May 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful.
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Samupipboy Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010
They are Sergeants Yegorov and Kantaria putting the red soviet flag in the Reichtag!
Congratulations Tovarisch for this nice pic!:D:D:D
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:iconjhansard:
jhansard Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010
Spasibo! And full credit to the Army Photographers who captured show iconic images during the Great Patriotic War.
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FremenFrank Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010
What's interesting is that the guy in the photo was not the first to hoist the flag. No cameras were available for when they took the Reichstag, so, they had to do it the next morning. :P
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:iconjhansard:
jhansard Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010
Sounds familiar. :)

It's interesting that a few iconic photographs from the War had to be re-staged for one reason or another. Still, the impact isn't lost. :D
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:iconfremenfrank:
FremenFrank Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010
Indeed. I love this picture and think it does credit to the brave soldiers who risked life and limb for their country. Just wish they had handled themselves better after the occupation had begun...
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:iconmarketgarden:
marketgarden Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Student Photographer
Well, considering what the Germans did to their country, one can hardly blame them for repaying in kind.
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