1937: Pioneers defense drill, Leningrad Amanda October 28, 2012 1930-1939, People, Science & technology 12 CommentsFavourited 654 times Add to favourites Image by Viktor Bulla 12 Responses Dmitry Orlov October 29, 2012 Prior to the siege of Leningrad most of the population was evacuated, and almost all children, my own mother included. Reply Viktoria October 29, 2012 Eerie! Reply igor October 29, 2012 The picture is not from russia. It is from Japan. Your editorial department is illiterate. Reply Chris October 29, 2012 It would be so cool to have an editorial department, Igor. Reply igor October 29, 2012 Sorry for being so harsh, I always imagine teams of people working on sites like yours… but anyway: http://atlasobscura.com/place/gas-mask-tourism-on-the-izu-islands Matt November 10, 2012 The epitome of the snarkey, and hypocritically inaccurate, comment. Where is your editorial department? They should be sacked. I have dozens of these types of photos in books on the Soviet Union. Reply Eddie October 29, 2012 This photo is eerily reminiscent of Anthony Gormley’s sculpture, The Field: http://www.culture24.org.uk/asset_arena/9/00/24009/v0_master.jpg Reply mcravener October 29, 2012 I kind of doubt this is Japan. First the vegetation with birches (Betula pendula) appears to be western European. Second if this was Japan and supposed to be the Izu Islands and they are wearing gasmasks against sulphuric volcanic gases, why is there a model machine gun to the bottom left. I’m no uniform expert, so someone can maybe fill in, but aren’t those Soviet pioneer uniforms on the children and Soviet soldier uniforms on the adults? Also the use of all the flags seem to have a socialist flavor. Reply Bruce October 29, 2012 I agree with mcravener, The machine gun (or model of one) is a Maxim 1910 (the shield is wrong). That version was very popular with the Russians/Soviets through both wars. Also the presence of of the snare drummer up front sure adds to the “pioneer” feel. Reply Lasse October 30, 2012 I see a lot of white people in the crowd without gasmasks, but no japanese.. Reply norimutsu nogami November 1, 2012 Hukushima now? Reply flappershoes November 17, 2012 This was probably what inspired the ‘Welcome to the Black Parade’ video. It looks exactly like it. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.