A Russian soldier in the Reichstag surrounded by walls covered in Russian graffiti, the Soviets having left their mark on the Third Reich’s headquarters. May, 1945. Getty

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A Soviet soldier leaves a simple message; “Goodbye Afghan”. That war has often been described as the “Soviet’s Vietnam”, where a larger more technologically superior military got muddled down with guerrilla warfare and mounting anti-war sentiments back home. Afghanistan’s nickname as the “Graveyard of Empires” is well earned.

“Shellshocked Reindeer, Murmansk”—Yevgeny Khaldei, 1941

At the first glance, it is a typical image from the Ukrainian-born photojournalist Yevgeny Khaldei, who was famous for his photograph of the red flag above the Reichstag. He loved to document everyday life juxtaposed against images of war: he photographed a sunbathing couple next to a destroyed building, a traffic director next to a sign with German towns written in Russian, etc. 
However, the above striking image differentiating the killing machines and the nature grace of the reindeer was not ‘natural’. Like the flag picture, it was faked, according to “Witness to History: The Photographs of Yevgeny Khaldei”. During the bombing, a reindeer (later named Yasha) came out to be with the soldiers–the shellshocked creature didn’t want to be alone. During one of the air raids, Khaldei took the reindeer shot, but it wasn’t as dramatic as he assumed, so he later superimposed British Hawker Hurricanes, flown by RAF pilots to relieve Murmansk, and an exploding bomb to form a composite image. 
Why did he do that? It was Khaldei’s take on the German offensive to capture Murmansk, codenamed Operation Renntier (Reindeer).