That Reichstag Photo Was Manipulated

Of course it was. It would have been amazing if it had not. It was posed as well. The camera man Yevgeny Khaldei  was a Red Army photographer. His job was making propaganda. It seems that he used his mother's table cloth as the flag. Fighting was very much in progress. The idea that a man of the Red Army would need two watches is a bit silly. Perhaps he couldn't read but as trade goods they were fine. In practice loot needs to be portable which is why watches and pistols were popular. The Wikipedia tells it like it is - see Raising a flag over the Reichstag.

Red Army Reichstag Photo Was Manipulated

A Soviet soldier heroically waves the red flag, the hammer and sickle billow above the Reichstag. Yevgeny Khaldei photographed one of the iconic images of the 20th century. But the legendary image was manipulated to conceal the fact that the Soviet soldiers on the roof had been looting.
Of course they were looting. It is the pay off. And of course they raped. Men of the Red Army were real men.

This is the real propaganda photo. Lieutenant Khaldei has two young women with him smiling as though they have not been raped rather thoroughly. 

The original photo.

The same photo with added smoke to make it look more exciting.


See the two watches.

Russian soldier minus one watch. He couldn't understand what it told him though.

The Reichstag took a beating. So did a lot of Berlin. The RAF had a go. So did the USAAF.



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