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"What the Red Army Is For"

"N. G. Smirnov, Galina Chichagova, Ol'ga Chichagova" -- here the author (Smirnov) and two artists (Chichagova sisters) are listed without distinction among them; author and artist(s) are thus equal and indistinguishable.

"Molodaia gvardiia"

"To the Little Octobrists"

Two Red Army soldiers standing guard over the red letters of the book’s title. 

What is the Red Army for?  The implicit answer the Chichagovas provide here is that it is filled with ever-vigilant soldiers.  The soldiers resemble those drawn by Soviet poster artists such as Dmitrii Moor during the Civil War.  Moor’s cartoons and posters, including 1920’s “I Am a Red Army Man” and the 1921 “The Red Guard Doesn’t Want Blood, But is Ready,” established the visual look of the quintessential Red Army soldier:  the peaked cap [budenovka], red star and insignia, and graycoat.  They also helped to establish one of the main roles of the Red Army soldier:  standing guard over the socialist experiment itself. 

Dmitri Moor, "The Red Guard Doesn't Want Blood, But is Ready"