We at Bored Panda love to see history come alive, which is why we think you'll also like this series of colorized photos by Russian Flickr user klimbims. Russia's history reads like a novel--which may be why it has been the subject of so many novels--and these colorized photos bring that history into the modern age.

If you like these photos, be sure to also check out Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky's Russian color channel photography for another old-school way to turn the past into color. But first, don't forget to vote on your favourite photo below!

More info: flickr (h/t: designyoutrust)

#1 Family Nicholas Ii Of Russia, 1914

Family Nicholas Ii Of Russia, 1914

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Ronja Rövardotter 3 years ago

Russian czar's family. Very sad story. They were all brutally murdered in their basement shortly after the revolution in 1917.

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#2 Grand Duchess Maria Of Russia, 1906

Grand Duchess Maria Of Russia, 1906

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Cathy O'Keeffe 3 years ago

Beautiful child, so brutally murdered.

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#3 Russian Sniper Roza Shanina

Russian Sniper Roza Shanina

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Richard Petch 3 years ago

A very brave and beautiful young lady.

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#4 Lyudmila Pavlichenko. Soviet Sniper During World War II. Credited With 309 Kills, She Is Regarded As The Most Successful Female Sniper In History, 1940

Lyudmila Pavlichenko. Soviet Sniper During World War II. Credited With 309 Kills, She Is Regarded As The Most Successful Female Sniper In History, 1940

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Vu Nguyen 3 years ago

Real deal

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#5 Yuri Gagarin With His Matra Bonnet Djet Vs Coupe, 1965

Yuri Gagarin With His Matra Bonnet Djet Vs Coupe, 1965

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Norbert Stockmaier 3 years ago

They See Me Rollin' ..... They Hatin ;)

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#6 The First Passengers Of The Moscow Metro, 1935

The First Passengers Of The Moscow Metro, 1935

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ya2nm 3 years ago

nice smiles :D

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#7 Gymnasium Girls, Imperial Russia, 1900-1917

Gymnasium Girls, Imperial Russia, 1900-1917

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agneta 3 years ago

Beautiful girls!

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#8 The Four Romanov Daughters With Their Mother Tsarina Alexandra, 1913

The Four Romanov Daughters With Their Mother Tsarina Alexandra, 1913

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Miikka Ukkonen 3 years ago

Is it just me, but the second girl from the left looks like Sid from Ice Age :D

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#9 Worker And Supervisor, Car Factory, Moscow, 1954

Worker And Supervisor, Car Factory, Moscow, 1954

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Karyne Serret 3 years ago

Those arms tho...

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#10 Russian Family, Ekaterinburg Region, Siberia In The Late 19th Century

Russian Family, Ekaterinburg Region, Siberia In The Late 19th Century

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Alina Purcell 3 years ago

Looks like they were trying for a daughter... Reminds me of my grandparents' pictures

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#11 Yekaterina Ryabova, Russian Military Pilot, Heroine Of The Soviet Army, 1945

Yekaterina Ryabova, Russian Military Pilot, Heroine Of The Soviet Army, 1945

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Richard Petch 3 years ago

Most of their female pilots are better than their male counterparts even now.

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#12 Jose Raul Capablanca Vs Alexander Alekhine, 1913

Jose Raul Capablanca Vs Alexander Alekhine, 1913

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Jean 3 years ago

good work. especially where they brought color to the dark. Considering this was taken in 1913 they did a hell of a job.

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#13 Soldier Waves A Soviet Flag, Berlin, 1945

Soldier Waves A Soviet Flag, Berlin, 1945

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Irina Fedina 3 years ago

Amazing photo.

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#14 Lydia Litvyak During The World War I, 1941

Lydia Litvyak During The World War I, 1941

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Erik Egtvedt 3 years ago

WW1 lasted a long time in the soviet union...

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#15 102nd Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment, 1943

102nd Guards Fighter Aviation Regiment, 1943

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Yuliya Gorshkova 3 years ago

Looks like Hollywood celebrities

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#16 Soviet Athletes In Moscow, 1937

Soviet Athletes In Moscow, 1937

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Jean 3 years ago

The color pops in this image. However the detail on the legs and face, highlights the lack of detail in the dress and footwear.

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#17 A Man With A Group Of Russian Children, 1940

A Man With A Group Of Russian Children, 1940

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Bridget Goodman 3 years ago

A man? He looks like a child himself...

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#18 Nicholas II Of Russia In The Uniform Of The Life-guards 4th The Imperial Family’s Rifle Regiment, 1912

Nicholas II Of Russia In The Uniform Of The Life-guards 4th The Imperial Family’s Rifle Regiment, 1912

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Adrian Ursu 3 years ago

It looks like Medvedev

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#19 Russian Wrestler Karl Pospischil, 1912

Russian Wrestler Karl Pospischil, 1912

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Tomáš Ďuriš 3 years ago

name looks like czech one :D

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#20 Mikhail Bulgakov, 1928

Mikhail Bulgakov, 1928

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Alina Purcell 3 years ago

"Manuscripts don't burn"... Love him

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#21 Russian Soldiers In Berlin 1945

Russian Soldiers In Berlin 1945

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Dana Erasmowitz 3 years ago

Must have been a victorious feeling! There's even a woman in the combat squad. So ahead of the Yanks

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#22 Anti Tank Artilery, 1940s

Anti Tank Artilery, 1940s

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Ju Li 3 years ago

Kirsten Dunst in Soviet Russia

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#23 Romanov Sisters And Their Mother Tsarina Alexandra Working In A Military Hospital During Worl War I

Romanov Sisters And Their Mother Tsarina Alexandra Working In A Military Hospital During Worl War I

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Anja Tupala 3 years ago

First from left is Anna Vyrubova

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#24 Soviet Sniper Semyon Nomokonov With His Famous Smoking Pipe, 1942

Soviet Sniper Semyon Nomokonov With His Famous Smoking Pipe, 1942

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Jean 3 years ago

Great color, great image. It may have been posed but it looks like the guy in the middle is in mid story.

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#25 Saint John Of Kronstadt

Saint John Of Kronstadt

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Cosmin Filip 3 years ago

Din Brasov?

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#26 Maria Dolina, Hero Pilot Of The Soviet Union, 1945

Maria Dolina, Hero Pilot Of The Soviet Union, 1945

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Amanda Panda 3 years ago

Beautiful. Looks like an older version of Shirely Temple

#27 Tank Driver Mikhail Smirnov, 1944

Tank Driver Mikhail Smirnov, 1944

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Katie N 3 years ago

Oh heeeeeey

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#28 Reaper, 1914

Reaper, 1914

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Justyna 3 years ago

isn't it amazing how they used to wear so many warm clothes in the middle of summer?

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#29 Group Of The Sisters Of Charity In The Dining Room During Lunch, Rhe Herbovets Community, 1900s

Group Of The Sisters Of Charity In The Dining Room During Lunch, Rhe Herbovets Community, 1900s

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Mario Acuña 3 years ago

Old cameras took way better pictures than modern digital ones. This picture almost looks 3 dimensional.

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#30 Berlin, 1945

Berlin, 1945

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Cristian Ariel Rodriguez 3 years ago

So beautiful!.

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#31 Tashkent, 1930

Tashkent, 1930

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Katia 3 years ago

awww

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#32 Grigori Rasputin, 1904

Grigori Rasputin, 1904

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Amanda Kozdron 3 years ago

What a creepy looking dude

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#33 Olga And Tatiana Romanov, 1900s

Olga And Tatiana Romanov, 1900s

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Katia 3 years ago

their dresses are so elegant and beautiful

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#34 Russian Ballet Dancer Galina Ulanova In Swan Lake, Ca, 1930

Russian Ballet Dancer Galina Ulanova In Swan Lake, Ca, 1930

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#35 A Russian Man Stand By A Ford-a Made In The Ussr, 1930

A Russian Man Stand By A Ford-a Made In The Ussr, 1930

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Mary McGarvey 2 years ago

And a chickenin every pot!

#36 Air Squadron Commander Of The 124th Fighter Regiment Alexander Pronin, 1942

Air Squadron Commander Of The 124th Fighter Regiment Alexander Pronin, 1942

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Iulia Bianca 3 years ago

Why is this not on the top ones? Amazing photo! <3 Beautiful man

#37 Arseny Tarkovsky, 1907

Arseny Tarkovsky, 1907

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Anna Popova 3 years ago

Arseny Alexandrovich Tarkovsky (25.06.1907 – 27.05.1989), russian poet This photo was taken by Gueorgui Pinkhassov in 1979

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#38 A Young Russian Bride, 1903

A Young Russian Bride, 1903

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Lacey B. 3 years ago

She looks like a cupcake

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#39 Russian Actor Nikolai Rybnikov In “Spring On Zarechnaya Street”, 1956

Russian Actor Nikolai Rybnikov In “Spring On Zarechnaya Street”, 1956

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Aga Smieja 3 years ago

What a beautiful man.

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#40 Anti Tank Artillery Soldiers, 1943

Anti Tank Artillery Soldiers, 1943

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David Soares 3 years ago

thought it was a cell phone first glance

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#41 Soviet Air Force Officers Rufina Gasheva And Nataly Meklin, World War II

Soviet Air Force Officers Rufina Gasheva And Nataly Meklin, World War II

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Mick Fowler 3 years ago

Those Polikarpovs Po-2s had a top speed just shy of 100 mph. They harrassed the German front lines in the night. They were known as the "Night Witches."

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#42 Nurse, 1914-1916

Nurse, 1914-1916

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#43 Traffic Controllers, Wolchow Front, 1943

Traffic Controllers, Wolchow Front, 1943

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Yuliya Gorshkova 3 years ago

I hate war! The life of such beautiful people - flawed.

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#44 La Comtesse Elisabeth Moussine-Pouchkine, 1903

La Comtesse Elisabeth Moussine-Pouchkine, 1903

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Fatihatul Muali 3 years ago

Beautiful

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#45 Red Cross Personnel Attending To Wounded Soldiers On A Russian Battlefield, WWI

Red Cross Personnel Attending To Wounded Soldiers On A Russian Battlefield, WWI

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Alex Hidell 3 years ago

German wounded, at that.

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#46 Easter At The Front, The Letter Symbolize The Fraze "Christ Is Risen", 1916

Easter At The Front, The Letter Symbolize The Fraze "Christ Is Risen", 1916

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Gary BE 3 years ago

WTF is a Fraze?

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#47 Grand Duchesses Olga And Tatiana Romanov In Livadia, Crimea, 1914

Grand Duchesses Olga And Tatiana Romanov In Livadia, Crimea, 1914

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Emily Jelassi 2 years ago

beautiful dresses, but they don't look very happy.

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#48 Friends, 1934

Friends, 1934

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Luis Sancho 3 years ago

Amazing photo. Looks like something from the sixties.

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#49 Russian Soldiers Pose Before The Attack, 1916

Russian Soldiers Pose Before The Attack, 1916

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David Soares 3 years ago

the thoughts this picture makes me think . wow

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#50 Soviet Sailors Raise The Ussr’s Naval Ensign Over Port-Artur, 1945

Soviet Sailors Raise The Ussr’s Naval Ensign Over Port-Artur, 1945

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Mary McGarvey 2 years ago

Isn't that in China?

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#51 Captain Alexander G. Pronin And Major Sergei Stepanovich Bukhteyev Aboard A Plane, 1943

Captain Alexander G. Pronin And Major Sergei Stepanovich Bukhteyev Aboard A Plane, 1943

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Mick Fowler 3 years ago

The aircraft appears to be an American-made Bell Airacobra (P-39)

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#52 Soviet Car In The May Day Parade In Tel Aviv, 1947

Soviet Car In The May Day Parade In Tel Aviv, 1947

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Amanda Panda 3 years ago

"Hang on.... we have a Weasley on the truck...he won't get off"

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#53 Nikolay Felixovich Yusupov, Prince Nicholas, Eldest Son Of Princess Zenaida And Prince Feli

Nikolay Felixovich Yusupov, Prince Nicholas, Eldest Son Of Princess Zenaida And Prince Feli

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Anna Schweizer 3 years ago

Oh, he is just gorgeous! He looks like a prince, jumped out a wonderfull fairytale <3javascript:void(0);

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#54 Berlin, 1945

Berlin, 1945

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Dean Price 3 years ago

"Say Chyorny Altai " (Cheese).

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#55 Soviet Sniper Lyubov Makarova (left), Hero Of The Soviet Union Dmitry Nazarenko (right)

Soviet Sniper Lyubov Makarova (left), Hero Of The Soviet Union Dmitry Nazarenko (right)

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Steph Dumais 3 years ago

both look like the kind of people you wouldn't want to piss off

#56 Lenin, 1900

Lenin, 1900

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Inna Yermolayeva 3 years ago

I doubt this picture is from 1900. Lenin only turned 30 in 1900

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#57 Anti Tank Artilery Man, 1940s (left), Russian Sniper Nadiezhda Kolesnikova, 1943 (right)

Anti Tank Artilery Man, 1940s (left), Russian Sniper Nadiezhda Kolesnikova, 1943 (right)

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Inna Yermolayeva 3 years ago

The photo is not taken in 1940. The man's medals are for winning The Great Patriotic War (World War II in the USSR); in 1940 the war hadn't had started yet.

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#58 Natalia Meklin (kravtsova), Sofia Burzaeva, Polina Gelman, 1943

Natalia Meklin (kravtsova), Sofia Burzaeva, Polina Gelman, 1943

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thepinkrobot 2 years ago

Back when Russian women were amazing and beautiful

#59 Soviet Soldiers Are Monitoring The Movement Of German Troops Near Sevastopol, Crimea, 1941

Soviet Soldiers Are Monitoring The Movement Of German Troops Near Sevastopol, Crimea, 1941

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Alina Purcell 3 years ago

This looks like a scene from a movie... Don't remember which one though

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#60 German Embassy In St. Petersburg, 1913

German Embassy In St. Petersburg, 1913

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David Soares 3 years ago

I've lost a little esteem for the Germans . haha

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#61 Russian Pilot During The World War I, 1918

Russian Pilot During The World War I, 1918

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#62 Pilots And Air-gunners Of The 566th Assault Aviation Regiment, 1944

Pilots And Air-gunners Of The 566th Assault Aviation Regiment, 1944

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Michael Lopez 1 year ago

Totally Amazing Work!

#63 Anti Tank Artilery, 1940s

Anti Tank Artilery, 1940s

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#64 Captain Ivan Musienko During The World War I

Captain Ivan Musienko During The World War I

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Sergey Filimonov 3 years ago

This is obviously not WWI but WWII

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#65 ‘Red Corner’ At A Recruiting Station, Galich, Kostroma Region, 1931

‘Red Corner’ At A Recruiting Station, Galich, Kostroma Region, 1931

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#66 The Last Projectile, 1914

The Last Projectile, 1914

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Leonie Brok 3 years ago

Which of them? There are 2

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#67 Alexander Kerensky, 1917

Alexander Kerensky, 1917

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John Rogers 3 years ago

Kevin spacey?