I’ve wanted to take some shots of my new Airman for a while, but hadn’t found the time til now. While I hadn’t thought of an interesting “angle” to give my photos, I thought I’d use one of them to tell a little story.
Here’s the “story” picture:
While not particularly interesting at first glance, there is a bit more to it than meets the eye. The watch on the right has an engraving on the back that reads “From the Commander-in-Chief of the Air Force of the Soviet Armed Forces Group in Germany, to Colonel of Engineers [name]. 11-10-1976”. The watch was presented to my grandfather on his retirement from the Soviet Air Force. As a meteorologist, he spent most of WWII in a variety of the Air Force’s field headquarters, helping Soviet pilots bring down their (Stowa-equipped?) German counterparts.
Looking at the two watches side-by-side made me take a moment to think about what a different world our very recent ancestors lived in, and wonder where we’d be today if not for their actions.