View Full Version : Check out these excerpts of interviews from East Front vets

07-10-2005, 10:01 AM

07-10-2005, 06:59 PM
Good read. I am always fascinated by first hand accounts of history... thanks.... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

I cant believe this thread has been up for eight hours with 71 looks and I am the only one who posted in it... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-indifferent.gif

07-10-2005, 10:45 PM
i just now noticed it for some reason bearcat. i usually jump on such threads. this was very interesting. did you go to the story about the victory celebration in moscow? there were rusn soldiers in period uniforms, and there was a great pic of tankers in those unusual helmets with PPSH submachine guns. man that was neat.

thanks for posting this.

07-11-2005, 04:13 AM
The comments of the Estonian Waffen-SS veteran ring true with me. I've always thought that choosing sides was, for most of the peoples of Eastern Europe, a pragmatic matter of figuring out who was going to line your family against a wall and shoot them with the least provocation. We have the luxury of knowing who was going to win the war, but they did not. They had to choose the side they thought was going to let them live unmolested.

It was a '****ed if you do, ****ed if you don't' scenario of epic proportions. Communism or fascism? Take your pick. It wasn't a great list to choose from. Both choices obligated one to fight for a system that killed millions of innocent people.

07-11-2005, 04:29 AM
Interesting read. Thankyou.

07-11-2005, 04:33 AM
If I was president of Latvia, I'd have brought together the heads of veterans of the Allied coalition and the so-called national [pro-German] associations and said to them 'Enough! Sixty years have passed! Shake hands!'

Maybe the whole point. Anyway thanks for posting link to the articles.

TgD Thunderbolt56
07-11-2005, 07:06 AM
I stated it in another thread, but these memoirs and first-hand accounts is what I'm most interested in now. I have a slew of books quoting statistics, military movements, etc, but reading about these personal accounts is the most interesting to me.