No. 135 – Invasion!

Bottom panel: wearing Red Army uniforms, Russian military personnel parade in Red Square, Moscow, during the May 9, 2006 celebration of the 61st anniversary of the Day of Victory [День Победы] over Nazi Germany (©Getty Images)

Volgan invading forces featured in prog 1’s (1977) Invasion! written by Pat Mills and drawn by Jesús Blasco (1919–1995) v Soviet army

Writer Mills had originally intended the invading forces to indeed be Soviet Russian, but was advised by 2000 AD’s publishers (then IPC Magazines) against an overt reference to the Soviet Union, as the Cold War (1946–1989) still figured widely on the political landscape at the time, and would continue to do so for over a decade.

Volgograd [Волгогра́д], formerly Stalingrad [Сталингра́д​] (so-named 1925–1961, and Tsaritsyn [Цари́цын], 1589–1925), the Russian city after which the fictitious Volgan forces are named, would in fact have been a feasible centre of Russian power, being a polulous, heavily industrialised city on the west bank of the river Volga; and the theatre of the Battle of Stalingrad (23 August 1942–2 February 1943), one of the bloodiest battles in history, with casualties estimated at 1,250,000–1,798,619.

The total number of deaths[2], military and civilian, suffered by the Soviet Union during the Second World War (1939–1945) was 24,000,000 (over half of them civilian); the total number, including civilians, suffered by the UK was 450,700 and by the US, 418,500.

Notes:

  1. Source: National WWII Museum, New Orleans, US

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