Pioneers in Defence Drill, 1937
Andrew Hinkinson-Hodnett posted this photograph on his blog, which has prompted me to bring it out again. It is VERY curious and oddly creepy. In fact, it was taken in Leningrad in 1937 by Viktor Bulla and shows “Pioneers in Defence Drill”. Bulla’s photograph of hundreds of children wearing gas masks wasn’t intended to be ghoulish, a commentary on war or on lost innocence, but rather to instil pride that the country was blessed with well-trained, well-equipped and courageous young fighters.