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STALINGRAD & THE T-26

by Venky

(Photo Credit: Priorhouse)

Anastasia polished the last of the white cups and carefully positioned it atop the gleaming table at exactly the same spot from where it was picked.

Even at 84, frail and with an eyesight that was fast fading, this was one chore from doing which no physical or mental obstacle could deter her. When Vassily first arranged the mugs, cups and jugs with a concentration bordering on the fierce, Anastasia had thrown back her head and laughed till tears streamed down her cheeks.

“The fat Silver chudovishche is the T-26” he exclaimed.

Then he went away to Stalingrad.

(WORD COUNT: 98)

This story was written as part of the FRIDAY FICTIONEERS challenge, more about which may be found HERE

 For the complete list of entries, please click HERE

The credit for the breathtaking photograph goes to Priorhouse

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23 comments

Dale September 26, 2018 - 4:56 pm

While I enjoyed the beginning of the story, I fear you lost me at the end.

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venkyninja1976 September 27, 2018 - 1:01 am

Vassily knew that it was only a matter of time before he would be called to defend the siege of Stalingrad. With an excitement tinged with apprehension, he used to arrange the cups, etc on the table to form a battalion ready to do battle. The day finally arrived when he got called up. Unfortunately Vassily never returned to a waiting Anastasia.

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Dale September 27, 2018 - 1:03 am

Ahhh

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granonine September 26, 2018 - 6:24 pm

So I did the math, and Anastasia was too young for WW!, old enough to remember WWII. I’m confused, though, because I don’t understand the T-26 reference. So I looked it up, and found it was a tank used in a lot of conflicts after WW1. Then I looked up chudovishche and found that it means monster, beast, monstrosity, or ogre.

Alas, I have learned something but I’m still not sure why Vassily said that and then took off for Stalingrad.

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venkyninja1976 September 27, 2018 - 1:01 am

Vassily knew that it was only a matter of time before he would be called to defend the siege of Stalingrad. With an excitement tinged with apprehension, he used to arrange the cups, etc on the table to form a battalion ready to do battle. The day finally arrived when he got called up. Unfortunately Vassily never returned to a waiting Anastasia.

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granonine September 27, 2018 - 1:08 pm

Ah, thank you. I had guessed the arranging of the items was some sort of representation of battle. This is a sad story indeed.

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michael1148humphris September 26, 2018 - 8:58 pm

In some way it feels as it I know Anastasia, and understand the reference to Stalingrad. But then again…

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theministryofshrawleywalks September 26, 2018 - 9:11 pm

Really well written, I’m guessing Anastasia is positioning the cups and crockery as a battalion of tanks may be set out? But like I say it’s a guess on my part

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venkyninja1976 September 27, 2018 - 12:58 am

Yes. exactly how a battalion involving tanks, artillery and infantry would have looked preparing for battle. It was how Vassily had arranged the items.

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theministryofshrawleywalks September 27, 2018 - 6:16 am

Brilliant! I get it!!

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Abhijit Ray September 27, 2018 - 2:57 am

Nice story. As you explained, there is a sense of apprehension and sadness around arranging the cups. Then he went to Stalingrad, is very touching.

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venkyninja1976 September 27, 2018 - 2:59 am

Thanks Much!

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anuragbakhshi September 27, 2018 - 5:52 am

Sorry I didn’t really get the ending 🙁

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venkyninja1976 September 27, 2018 - 6:23 am

Vassily knew that it was only a matter of time before he would be called to defend the siege of Stalingrad. With an excitement tinged with apprehension, he used to arrange the cups, etc on the table to form a battalion ready to do battle. The day finally arrived when he got called up. Unfortunately Vassily never returned to a waiting Anastasia.

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anuragbakhshi September 29, 2018 - 4:03 am

Aah, got it, thanks.

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pennygadd51 September 27, 2018 - 1:20 pm

The context of an action is so important, isn’t it? The sole reason Anastasia insisted on polishing the coffee things so reverently was because her love, Vassily, had set them out like that before going to his death. War is tragic.

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venkyninja1976 September 27, 2018 - 1:21 pm

Couldn’t agree with you more! War is so futile and so unforgiving.

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lisarey1990 September 28, 2018 - 8:13 pm

There is great emotion & historical context here.

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venkyninja1976 September 29, 2018 - 2:47 am

Thanks Much!

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JoHawkTheWriter September 28, 2018 - 9:02 pm

The story is larger than your words. I learned something new today.

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venkyninja1976 September 29, 2018 - 2:47 am

Thank you so much for your kind words!

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subroto September 28, 2018 - 9:50 pm

Beautifully done. Such a sad ending to the story.

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venkyninja1976 September 29, 2018 - 2:48 am

Glad you liked it.

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