On the Radar: A Story of Two Watches

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Image from Wikipedia. Copyright Yevgeny Khaldei.

When the Red Army liberated Berlin, the stage was set for some great Soviet propaganda.

So the USSR captured the moment with this photo of a soldier raising the flag atop the Reichstag, looking out over the battered city. The only problem was the man holding him up, who sports two watches–a tell-tale sign of looting (something not unique to Soviet forces, but for which they were well-known in World War II). Before releasing the image, the Soviet government “photoshopped” these watches out of the photograph, and added a little more smoke for dramatic effect.

Sources: Der Spiegel, The Atlantic

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