INTERNATIONAL: United Men

The carpeted staircase of the Seaman's Club at Archangel was pounded smooth by feet from many lands. Cheerful, blue-bloused, smoking, joking, swearing lads greeted each other in universal monosyllables, sang the songs of home, danced with Russian girls. War, even in Russia, had its interludes.

Weary, tense sailors fresh from battered convoys sat in soft chairs in the well-stocked library overlooking the river, read Gorky, Tolstoy, studied Russian. British airmen pounded out newly learned Russian songs on a piano. In the evening U.S., British and Soviet films were shown, and the Soviet Northern Fleet's song-&-dance team performed to gusty applause. Early...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!