Pilot Victor Popov feeding pigeons at rest. Author’s title picture: “In between battles. Kalinin Front”. Viktor Popov – the navigator of the 263rd Fighter Regiment, Captain. Born in 1913, the Red Army from 1931, a member of the Soviet- Finnish War (seriously wounded 28/02/1940).
A Panzerleutnant of the Afrika Korps holds a pigeon. Unusually, he wears his Iron Cross 2nd Class ribbon on the pocket buttonhole and a single large panzer skull. He’s also wearing a zip-up sweater underneath.