It says, "Niclolas! Nicholas! Dare you just get out of Moscow!. With the sabers we will make Russian salad out of you!"
"Germania" 1914. A painting by Freidrich August von Kaulbach
WHO WAS KAULBACH?
Son of the panter Friedrich von Kaulbach. He studied with is father in Hanover and in 1868 in Nürnberg with August von Kreling und Karl Raupp. In 1871 he copied the old masters in Dresden. In 1872 he moved to Munich, where he married and had a studio in the Schwantalerstrasse.
Following the advice of Lenbach he travelled to Italy in 1873-1874. Together with Gedon, Lenbach and Makart he went to Antwerpen during the Rubens year in 1877. He became popular in Munich after he painted the Schuetzenliesl" for a beer hall in Munich.
In 1882 he became a member of the academy in Berlin. He had started with genre pieces, but from 1883 onwards he specialised in portraits. During this time he visited Paris several times and saw the works of Gustave Courbet. In 1886 he was knighted by Prince Regent Luitpold of Bavaria and he succeeded Karl von Piloty as the director of the academy in Munich.
In 1887-1889 Gabriel von Seidl built a city palace for him in Munich and in 1897 he married for the second time. His new wife was the Danish violinist Fride Scotta. In 1898 he portrayed wilhelm II. Among his friends were Lenbach, Von Stuck and Gulbransson.
In recent years his house in the small Bavarian village Ohlsdorf has opened as a museum.
WHY WAS THE FIGHTING ON THE RUSSIAN FRONT SO FIERCE DURING WW2?
It is difficult to distinguish between the quality of both the German and Russian soldiers. Both were motivated by their love for their motherland. But there were others factors that drove the two sides to such desperate fighting.
One, both sides knew that this was a no-holds bar war. Not fighting was thus not an option.
Second, both Hitler and Stalin had squads that killed any deserter. Turning away from fighting was just not possible.
Thus was seen some of the most bitter, brutal and desperate fighting on the WW2 eastern (Russian) Front.
"Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
-- George Santayana
"Be polite; write diplomatically; even in a declaration of war one observes the rules of politeness." --Otto von Bismarck
"When the enemy advances, withdraw; when he stops, harass; when he tires, strike; when he retreats, pursue.' --Mao Zedong
"The main thing is to make history, not to write it." --Otto von Bismarck
"When you have to kill a man it costs nothing to be polite." --Winston Churchill
"In time of war the loudest patriots are the greatest profiteers." --August Bebel
"God is not on the side of the big battalions, but on the side of those who shoot best." --Voltaire
Quotes about War....
"Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war." ---Otto von Bismarck
"Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country." --Hermann Goering
"To conquer the enemy without resorting to war is the most desirable. The highest form of generalship is to conquer the enemy by strategy." --Tzu Sun
"All men are brothers, like the seas throughout the world; So why do winds and waves clash so fiercely everywhere?" --Emperor Hirohito
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