Russian child and worker in Briansk, Russia, 1914-1937; officer with Red Army in Smolensk, Russia, 1937-1941. English translation
REEL 1 effects on family of First World War; return of father from military service; obtaining food supplies from villages; situation prior to Russian Revolution; lack of food during Russian Civil War, 1918-1922; catching small birds for food; supplementing family’s food supply; illness amongst populace during Russian Civil War; starting education and rations; improvement in conditions from 1923; threat from armed gangs in area; inspection of industrial plant by commission, 1926.
REEL 2 Continues: parent’s origins; effects of collectivisation policy; food shortages during early 1930s; state purges during 1930s; opening of educational institute in 1930; arrival of foreign aid, 1933; attitude towards state trails during 1930s; supervising workers education; need to be careful during purges. Aspects of period as officer in Red Army in Russia, 1937-1941: arrest of members of regiment in Smolensk; arrest and imprisonment; reasons for arrest; how Joseph Stalin was viewed by populace prior to and during Second World War.
REEL 3 Continues: ruthless character of Joseph Stalin; attitude of populace to Joseph Stalin during Second World War; staying behind German lines as Partisan.