Soviet Paratrooper over Leningrad.
“The important thing to remember about this photo is that the Cold War was, by its very nature, a war of technological advances and propaganda. Literally, this was about who could spend more money to out-bullshit the other. Everything was about bullshit. Who could spin bigger bullshit, grander bullshit, in what ways could we trip up the other side? This is why, for a while, there were SEAL Teams 1, 2, and 6. Its the old Greased Pig Senior Prank, done with lethal commandos. The reason the Stealth was labelled as a Fighter, and not a Bomber. Misdirection, chaos, confusion. Not only can our soldiers jump out of planes over urban areas, but they can do it while maintaining a perfect salute, without losing their beret. Lets see those capitalist pigs out-do that!” – My friend Mikhail
The thing that strikes me about this wonderful picture is that it’s as American as apple pie. The paratrooper has a certain Russian look about the mouth, and the city below is Leningrad, and the beret is the wrong color, but the whole thing would be totally believable with a Yank parachuting over Fort Lauderdale.
December 31, 2013 at 4:17 pm