Russian Home Front



04/06/2004 HI 2104




There is many different points of views about World War II, because each country had different experience on the fronts as well as on the home front. The film “Ballad of a Solder” not only showing the story about simple Russian solder, Alesha, but also showing to us Russian point of view about WW II. The film was produced by Russian cinematography “Mosfilm” in 1959, and clearly showing to us that the impression of WW II was not gone from the memories of Russian people by that time.


As I sad before, the film “Ballad of a Solder” is about a Russian solder who was let go from the front for two weeks in order to se his mother, during 1943. The movie describing his journey and what was happening on the home front during that period of time.


From my own knowledge, about the World War II and the situation on Russian home front, I can say that the movie description is very close to the reality. Starting from the moment of Germany’s attack on Soviet Union the situation inside of country totally changed. The entire population of Soviet Union was shocked by the fact that Germany attack was so surprising and Soviet military forces was almost distorted during the first days of the war. During the first two years of the war the situation for Soviet Union was unfortunate. Even though, it was very hard for Germans brake through Russian defenses, Soviet military forces were falling back and taking big casualties. Little by little German forces were advancing and occupying more and more Soviet territories. For the entire Soviet population, including home front, this war became KROVNAYA VOINA (Blood shed). There was no family in entire Soviet Union who didn’t lost one or more members of their family on the front or ether had someone fighting on the front.


There is several episodes in the movie “Ballad of a Solder”, which expresses the mood of the people on the Russian home front. For example, the main character of the movie, Alesha, traveled most of his journey on a train and several times he had to get out on a train stations in order to get some water. What surprised me is that, first there were almost no men working on train stations and fields. Women replaced men on the fields and factories. Women worked even as a track drivers. From my own knowledge, almost everyone was working during the war, even children. That was a time of patriotism, when even people who hated communistic regime, were ether fighting on the front of working for the military on factories and other facilities. Even, Alesha’s mother with all of the women in the village had no man to take care of the crap in the field of fix their homes. They had to do it all by themselves. Another thing, which demonstrated the patriotism and the pain of the people, is when Alesha missed his train because he was listening for the announcement about the war on the front. Not the fact that he missed the train surprised me, but the fact that when the announcement started all of the people stopped working and gathered together in order to hear the news. The pain of their faces was talking for itself. Finally, when Alesha came to one of the cities in order to see family comrade, he saw ruins and the people, who tried to survive the bombing and huger. They were struggling, however any news from the front and especially news from one of their relatives was giving them hope for better future. Even though, they struggled so much, anyone who was able to work was working everyday in order to help some how those to were on the front.


I am myself originally from Russia and I know for sure that the impression of World War II is not entirely gone from the people. Everyone was victims of that horrifying war and nobody could have escaped their fate. Officially, 25 million Russian solders were killed during the war and it is still not for certain how many died on the home front. The big question is, “Does any ideology or effort for