Winter is coming, and that’s always an ominous feeling for me. But it must have been even more ominous to the Soviet nation 74 years ago– because 74 years ago, not only was the harsh Russian winter approaching, but so was the mighty Wehrmacht; threatening the gates of Moscow and all that the Soviet people had achieved and held dear. With this post, I wanted to mark the Battle of Moscow because it was such a pivotal part of World War II. With the Battle of Moscow, the Soviet Red Army was able to dig deep and hold off the Germans from the all-important capital city– and they did all this through atrocious conditions and almost impossible odds.
Joseph button up shirt / Yves Saint Laurent wool coat / 3.1 Phillip Lim brown pants / Salvatore Ferragamo black riding boots / Retrò clip on earrings / Engraved jewelry / Valentino red shawl
This outfit is meant to be broadly representative of the female Red Army soldier; and there were many of these soldiers throughout the Great Patriotic War. During the Battle of Moscow women made a great contribution, both in combat and also in preparing antitank defenses and the like around Moscow. Although I added some jewellery to this ensemble, female soldiers often wore exactly the same uniforms as their male counterparts. Skirts were sometimes issued, but didn’t seem to have been guaranteed. The women of the Red Army were just as brave and just as effective as the men were, and they had to cope with the same meagre equipment and poor organization as well. I have always admired that. On a side note, this post is titled after one of my very favourite songs– Roads to Moscow by Al Stewart. It’s a beautiful song about the Great Patriotic War and it tells a very powerful story, and I’d encourage you to take the time to listen to it in its entirety! The Battle of Moscow was a true trial for the Red Army and the Soviet Union as a whole, but it became one of their greatest triumphs as well, and it deserves to be remembered.