June 22, 1941

On this day in 1941 Germany attacked the USSR beginning the 1,418-day part of the World War II known as the “Great Patriotic War“.

War Poster: Motherland Needs You. The Motherland figure is holding a copy of the Military Oath in her hand.

All of the appropriate songs are in Russian, but this video, which I linked before doesn’t need translation.

The video uses several songs about the WWII, the first one is the Sacred War, signifying the beginning of the war in her story. If you watch it to the end, the phrase she writes is “You are always near!”.

  • My Dad, who was drafted in 1939, was due to be discharge at the end of 1941…. and then a little something happened at Pearl Harbor and he was in until 1945…..

  • Everyone got drafted on June 23, most never came back.

  • Lena

    Thank you for writing about World War II. For Soviet people it has completely different meaning. I hope that this generation will try to understand what Soviet people went through in order to get their freedom back. I watched documentary on PBS, and one guy, I think he is a writer, who does some serious research about World War II said, if it wouldn’t be for Soviet soldiers, today world may not be the same as it is now.

  • What I knew about the war is now turned on its head, no less painful but in a totally different light.