Gettysburg :: It was sobering to visit this historic battlefield today, and learn of the tragic losses on both sides during the Civil War. Yet the Union was willing to fight for union, freedom and equality!
•German soldier surrenders•
•Time (1, December 1941)•
~A German soldier surrenders to a Soviet soldier during the Battle of Moscow in Russia. Taken on 1, December 1941. The Soviet soldier has his gun aimed directly at him. The landscape itself is a fierce Russian winter that surrounds them. I found this picture to capture the emotion of WW2 itself with its dangling, lifeless, yet beautiful snow covered branches. A white background of purity, yet again, a deadly cold that took many lives. A pretty appearance, but a reality of death.
Picture from: Taskandpurpose
Colorized by: Brazilian colorizer Marina Amaral.~
One of the most common food items that could be found in the armies of both North and South during the Civil War was Hardtack. These square hand-sized biscuit crackers were tough and compact, thus the name, and were issued in massive quantities to soldiers on both sides, becoming a staple item of their diet. Made from only a few ingredients, the unleavened snack was light and did not crumble or spoil, making it optimal for use in long campaigns. Most soldiers did not prefer to eat it in its current state, so many would soften up the cracker in boiling liquids. From here they would turn it into a mushy dough and cook it into meals similar to pancakes or to sometimes what they called "pudding". Though not an enjoyable substance by any means, hardtack was still an essential part of the nutrition of frontline troops and gave them the energy they needed to perform long marches across the country.