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May 1945 was a bright month for the entire Soviet people. It was then that the capital of one of the most terrible and dangerous states in the history of mankind, the Third Reich, was taken with fights. The joy of seeing photos in newspapers in which the Red Army men Egorov and Kantaria hoisted a red banner on the roof of the Reichstag can hardly be described in ordinary words.
The capture of Berlin was forever inscribed in gold letters in the history of the exploits of the Soviet armed forces, and for the country's population this turned out to be a demonstration of a fait accompli - the enemy was defeated, Nazi Germany fell. One of the masterpieces of Soviet wartime poster art was dedicated to this momentous and great event - the work “The Red Army - Glory!” (also known as “Get to Berlin!”) from the artist L. Golovanov.
This poster has a very interesting story, combined from joyful and tragic moments. The work is based on the recursion technique. The central image of the poster is a soldier of the Soviet army, joyfully and smilingly showing his orders. In the background you can see the Reichstag wall, near which the fighter stands. The recursion is that on the wall hangs a poster "Let's get to Berlin!" depicting the same fighter during a break between regular fights.
The inscriptions “Have come!”, “2/5/45” (the date of the capture of the capital of the Third Reich), “Berlin” and “Glory to the Russian people” are also scratched on the wall. The poster is still sparkling with joy, which was transmitted to everyone after a hard victory over the Nazi occupiers. The tragic story of this poster is related to the prototype of its central image. They served as a real soldier of the Soviet army, a sniper Golosov. A couple of years earlier, the artist Golovanov painted it in order to later create the poster “Let's get to Berlin!”, Which eventually became part of his next work.
On it is a victorious soldier joyfully posing against the backdrop of the Reichstag, also deducted from the sniper Golosov. However, by that time the soldier was no longer alive - he died a year earlier, during one of the offensive operations.
Pictures of Taras Shevchenko