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White Coke for Marshal Zhukov,

At the end of World War II, Supreme Allied Commander Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower met with supreme Soviet commander Marshal Georgy Zhukov, and toasted the destruction of the Nazi Third Reich with a glass of Coca Cola. Immediately Zhukov was smitten by the sugary, fizzy American cola beverage, and wanted more.  However there was a problem.  Coca Cola was banned in the Soviet Union, being seen as a symbol of American capitalist imperialism. It certainly wouldn’t do to have the Soviet Union’s highest ranking military officer and most decorated soldier being caught drinking the carbonated milk of the evil capitalist pig-dog.

Zhukov turned to Gen. Mark Clark, commander of the US sector of Allied occupied Austria, if there was some way cases of Coca Cola could be shipped to him in more discreet packaging.  Gen. Clark passed the request on the President Harry Truman, who in turn passed it on to James Farley, Chairman of the Board of Coca Cola Export Operations.  Farley found a chemist who was successfully able to remove the color from Coca Cola while preserving its taste.  The new “White Coke” was then bottled in straight clear bottles which resembled vodka bottles, the cap featuring a red star.  The first shipment of “white coke” for Marshal Zhukov was a case of 50.  It is unknown how much white coke was produced for Zhukov, as the production and distribution of it was a company secret.

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Stalingrad, a 3 episodes documentary by Pascale Lamche and Daniel Khamdamov, 2015, Roches Noires Prod., Fondation Aleksandr

Broadcast by the Belgian and French TV on March and May 2015, I highly recommend to watch this powerful, breathtaking, even lyrical documentary about the Battle of Stalingrad.

Exclusively made of original footage of the battle, with emotional first hand account by Vassili Grossman, Alexander Werth and common Russian and German soldiers, this is the most realistic and profound documentary I saw about war.

We have to make justice to the Soviet people and the Russians for the high price they paid in defeating Hitler. The Cold War almost made us forget that they were the ones who entered Berlin long before the Americans.

The Battle of Halbe (German: Kessel von Halbe, Russian: Хальбский котёл, Halbe pocket) lasted from April 24 – May 1, 1945 was a battle in which the German Ninth Army, under the command of Generaloberst Theodor Busse, was destroyed as a fighting force by the Red Army during the Battle for Berlin.

The Ninth Army, trapped in a large pocket in the Spree Forest region south-east of Berlin, attempted to break out of the pocket westwards through the village of Halbe and the pine forests south of Berlin to link up with the German Twelfth Army commanded by General Walther Wenck with the intention of heading west and surrendering to the Western Allies. To do this the Ninth Army had to fight their way through three lines of Soviet troops of the 1st Ukrainian Front under the command of Marshal Ivan Konev, while at the same time units of the 1st Belorussian Front, under the command of Marshal Georgy Zhukov, attacked the German rearguard from the north east.

After heavy fighting about 30,000 German soldiers—one fifth of those trapped in the pocket—managed to reach the comparative safety of the Twelfth Army’s front lines. The rest were either killed or captured by the Soviets.

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A be-medalled but clearly dejected Leutnant Kurt Tanzer, Staffelkapitän of 13./JG 51, contemplates his final flight from Parchim/Redlin to Flensburg on 2 May 1945 to await the arrival of British forces.
Note the bomb container on the D-9 - possibly Tanzer’s own ‘White 1’ - in the background.

Photo & Caption from “Osprey (Aviation Elite Units): Jagdgeschwader 51”

@georgy-konstantinovich-zhukov posted a different “cropped” version of this photo (much like the one in the above book). In this version im posting you can see the full left side of photo.

Georgy Zhukov

Georgy Konstantinovich Zhukov (December 1, 1896 - June 18 1974),, political, military and Marshal of the Soviet Union, considered one of the most prominent commanders of World War II.

He is known for defeating the Japanese in 1939 during the battles of khalkhin gol and during World War II for his victories against the Germans in the battles of Moscow, Stalingrad, Leningrad, Kursk, in Operation Bagration and the capture of Berlin.

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2015 Moscow. “Motors of War” exhibition. On first picture (left to right): GAZ-64, GAZ-61-416, GAZ-61 (personal cars of Georgy Zhukov)