The White Army- the informalnameof the military-political groupswho foughtin the Civil Waragainst the Soviets.Emerged after theabdicationof Emperor Nicholas IIin 1917.Origin of the termassociatedwith the traditionalsymbols ofthe whitecolorasthe supportersof the “lawfulorder”.BasisWhite Guard-the officersof the tsarist army;leadership-militarytops(M.V. Alekseev,P.N. Wrangel, A. I. Denikin, A. V. Kolchak,L.G. Kornilov, Y. K.Miller, N.N.Yudenitch).Aroseunder the bannerof the national salvationandrestoration of statehood,which would entailthe return andrecovery oflost power,socio-economic rightsandrelations, market economy andreunionwith the lostareasof theRussian Empire.
This is not a painting of a Third Reich artist, but a painting of an artist who was born on Third Reich soil. The work of Russian artist Konstantin Vasilyev certainly is unique; it is all steeped in Germanic and Slavic pagan symbolism and an overt sympathy for the Third Reich. It is hardly imaginable that Vasilyev created his works, living in the Soviet Union.
In this rare painting we see a German soldier who died heroically in the fierce battle of Stalingrad. He is covered in the snow of the grim Russian winter of 1943. An eagle with spread wings is flying above him – a symbol of a free German Reich.