By Wilfried Kopenhagen
Proven are Soviet armored trains as used through the Russian Revolution, the Russian Civil warfare, and international conflict II.
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1 The accoutrements of men at war did not differ much. they wore their helmets, or the way they carried their guns. More importantly, the US Army had to go to great lengths to ensure that its soldiers would be able to recognize the enemy. During the last briefings for paratroopers in the afternoon of 5 June 1944, dummies wearing German uniforms stood guard near the sand table facsimiles of the drop zones, and Gis were ordered to dress as German soldiers and visit the line company tents. Replacements who arrived at the front in northeastern France in September 1944 were first marched to a field with a large outdoor stage on which an officer gave an hour-long demonstration of German weapons, equipment, and clothing.
Others had difficulty accepting the injustice and took up the cause of their comradesin-arms. " 30 No matter that some Gis expressed their sympathy, their money in the end talked the loudest. The Americans had been warned that, apart from insulting his army and boasting about their pay, "swiping his girl" would threaten the friendship with Tommy most. 31 Nevertheless, British soldiers overseas became particularly concerned about what was happening at home between their girlfriends and wives and the welloff Gls.
Racking coughs became a real danger in the front lines. Some soldiers managed to quell their coughs with massive doses of pills before they went on patrol, others had to be sent to the rear for fear that they would betray their unit's position. In addition, frostbite relentlessly attacked the men's skin. The wet woolen gloves froze around hands and caused such deep, painful splits at finger joints that soldiers became unable to lace their shoes or button their pants. " This was a painful foot disorder that resembled frostbite.