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Alexey Gordeevich Yeremenko, a political officer in the Red Army during World War II, leads Soviet troops against German forces while brandishing his Tokarev sidearm.

Alexey Gordeevich Yeremenko, a political officer in the Red Army during World War II, leads Soviet troops against German forces while brandishing his Tokarev sidearm.

Obama, then a junior senator on the Foreign Relations Committee, worked with then-Republican committee chair Dick Lugar (L) to oversee destruction of Soviet-era war materiel through an agreement that Lugar had brokered years earlier, covering only nuclear weapons

Obama, then a junior senator on the Foreign Relations Committee, worked with then-Republican committee chair Dick Lugar (L) to oversee destruction of Soviet-era war materiel through an agreement that Lugar had brokered years earlier, covering only nuclear weapons

Tank commander, junior lieutenant Alexandra Boiko, speaking to attendees of the Fourth soviet women's anti-fascist meeting on august 20, 1944 at the Tchaikovsky concert hall in Moscow. Pin by Paolo Marzioli

Tank commander, junior lieutenant Alexandra Boiko, speaking to attendees of the Fourth soviet women's anti-fascist meeting on august 20, 1944 at the Tchaikovsky concert hall in Moscow. Pin by Paolo Marzioli

Aleksey Gordeyevich Yeremenko, was recognized by his wife and children when they saw the photograph in Pravda. It remains one of the most iconic photographs of World War II. Yeremenko was a junior political officer serving with the 220th regiment of 4th Rifle Division. On July 12, 1942, the commander of his regiment fell during battle. Rallying his troops to the attack, Yeremenko stood and waved them on. Seconds after this photograph was taken, Yeremenko was shot dead.

Aleksey Gordeyevich Yeremenko, was recognized by his wife and children when they saw the photograph in Pravda. It remains one of the most iconic photographs of World War II. Yeremenko was a junior political officer serving with the 220th regiment of 4th Rifle Division. On July 12, 1942, the commander of his regiment fell during battle. Rallying his troops to the attack, Yeremenko stood and waved them on. Seconds after this photograph was taken, Yeremenko was shot dead.

1942:  Junior political officer Alexey Yeremenko leads an attack against German troops. He will be killed shortly after. Photo by Max Alpert

1942: Junior political officer Alexey Yeremenko leads an attack against German troops. He will be killed shortly after. Photo by Max Alpert

428-GX-USN-1143789: Cold War, Soviet Ships. Philippine Sea. A Soviet Riga class destroyer escort, (center), refuels from a Soviet Sverdlov class cruiser during the Soviet worldwide naval exercise Okean. Photographed by Lieutenant Junior Grade G.O. Braschel, April 1970. U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

428-GX-USN-1143789: Cold War, Soviet Ships. Philippine Sea. A Soviet Riga class destroyer escort, (center), refuels from a Soviet Sverdlov class cruiser during the Soviet worldwide naval exercise Okean. Photographed by Lieutenant Junior Grade G.O. Braschel, April 1970. U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

In lieu of the Mediterranean, Stalin proposed the Black Sea resort of Yalta. Eager to meet face to face, Roosevelt agreed to Stalin's request. As the leaders traveled to Yalta, Stalin was in the strongest position as Soviet troops were a mere forty miles from Berlin. This was reinforced by the "home court" advantage of hosting the meeting in the USSR. Further weakening the western Allies' position was Roosevelt's failing health and Britain's increasingly junior position relative to the US…

In lieu of the Mediterranean, Stalin proposed the Black Sea resort of Yalta. Eager to meet face to face, Roosevelt agreed to Stalin's request. As the leaders traveled to Yalta, Stalin was in the strongest position as Soviet troops were a mere forty miles from Berlin. This was reinforced by the "home court" advantage of hosting the meeting in the USSR. Further weakening the western Allies' position was Roosevelt's failing health and Britain's increasingly junior position relative to the US…

Before the outbreak of World War II on September 1, 1939, Jan Karski was a Polish reserve officer and a junior diplomat with large ambitions and a bright future. On September 17, 1939, Soviet forces invaded his country from the east, and Karski’s life was sent careening in a new direction. Rounded up along with thousands of Polish officers, policemen and leading citizens from the eastern part of his country, he was being sent to his certain death at Katyn Forest when he managed his first…

Before the outbreak of World War II on September 1, 1939, Jan Karski was a Polish reserve officer and a junior diplomat with large ambitions and a bright future. On September 17, 1939, Soviet forces invaded his country from the east, and Karski’s life was sent careening in a new direction. Rounded up along with thousands of Polish officers, policemen and leading citizens from the eastern part of his country, he was being sent to his certain death at Katyn Forest when he managed his first…

Obr1988 Uniform, VDV, Junior Lieutenant. Introduced in 1986, and amended to a six-pocket model in 1988, the Obr88 uniform saw only limited use (mostly by Officers and Special Troops) during the Soviet-Afghan War. It would be used up until the early 1990's when it would be replaced by the 'VSR' camouflage uniform. This example is worn with a Telnyashka for VDV, and has the small subdued stars on the epaulets for a 'Mladshyi Leytenant,' or Junior Lieutenant. An Officer's field belt is also…

Obr1988 Uniform, VDV, Junior Lieutenant. Introduced in 1986, and amended to a six-pocket model in 1988, the Obr88 uniform saw only limited use (mostly by Officers and Special Troops) during the Soviet-Afghan War. It would be used up until the early 1990's when it would be replaced by the 'VSR' camouflage uniform. This example is worn with a Telnyashka for VDV, and has the small subdued stars on the epaulets for a 'Mladshyi Leytenant,' or Junior Lieutenant. An Officer's field belt is also…

A Soviet junior political officer (Politruk) urges Soviet troops forward against German positions at Pavlov House near Stalingrad during WW2 battle.

A Soviet junior political officer (Politruk) urges Soviet troops forward against German positions at Pavlov House near Stalingrad during WW2 battle.

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