ABSTRACT

The Soviet peoples in uniform and the Soviet peoples in overalls were one and the same. Whether breaking records and out-achieving plans and schedules of production in factories by skill and endurance, or winning more and yet more food materials in the fields by a skill as great and an endurance even greater, people in the rear were undergoing fully the same degree of nerve strain and physical hardship as those at the front. There may not have been the same danger, nor wounds, nor sudden onslaught, but there was less warm clothing in winter, less of the best in comforts and supplies. If, therefore, the front line was entitled to theatrical brigades, so was what with perfect propriety can be called the “heroic rear”. The function of these brigades was the same as at the front : to entertain, to explain, to inspire.