Moscow; Leningrad: [Biomedgiz], 1936. Item #1514
24 pp.: ill. 29,5x22,5 cm. In original illustrated wrappers. Spine repaired, minor tears to edges (few of them repaired), otherwise a very good and clean copy.
An issue of the mass monthly published by the Executive Committee of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The periodical succeeded the journal “Na krasno-krestnom postu”; it came out under the titles “Za sanitarnuiu oboronu” (1930–1937) and “Sanitarnaia oborona” (1938–1942).
The anonymous cover design features a photomontage of the large figure of a Red Army soldier, a nurse of the Red Cross Society in a parachute-jump uniform, crowds of healthcare workers and infantry, all of them montaged in front of the coat of arms of the USSR. Pictures were black-and-white, so all symbols (stars, hammer and sickle, cross) were specially colored in red by an artist.
This issue focused on airplane and parachute jumping courses for nurses of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies; two photomontage compositions were printed on this topic. The first of these shows a young woman standing on an airplane wing ready to jump. By the time the picture was taken, this female worker, K. Mednikova, had already passed the Red Cross nurses and airplane pilots courses, but was also attending courses for aircraft engineers. The second presents a picture of three nurses in special iniforms, with bags, above a photograph of a “sanitary airplane”. A caption reads, “a model K-12”, though it depicts a common U-2 airplane widely used for medical and agricultural purposes in the Soviet Union.
The issue contains a group photograph from the courses in parachute jumping for nurses run by the Executive Committee of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies; portraits of three attendees; a picture of Tatar participants of courses in GSO (“Ready for Sanitary Defense”) with participants training in gas masks; and a group photo of nurses training to carry a wounded soldier.
Soviet nurses also explained the basics of first aid to soldiers of the Red Army and detailed the different blood-types. The issue includes photographs of such events in Tashkent and Kokand (Uzbekistan).
Not listed in Worldcat.