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Thank you Gerhard,gerhard2 wrote:G.B.
I am sure none of the other guy's and myself feel particular brave. Lucky is a better term for it. We left the brave ones behind and it bothers me when I hear and read what is written about them and is happening to some of their memorials.
Facing them or whatever they threw at us did not make us to be brave, no mostly just desperate.
I tell you who was brave - some of my comrades usually wounded , staying behind to buy us a little more time during a pull out
I was relating an anecdote to my coworkers about my time in the Marine Corps, and as I walked back to my desk, I realized that incident took place 20 years ago!Rudi S. wrote:Hard to believe that we are talking about things that happened sooooooo
I have come to terms with my past a long, long time ago as has my wife, a survivor of the London Blitz.
Shame, guilt ? I never had any.
Persecution, rejection ? did not bother me, it was usually from people less honest than me.
Just satisfaction that my comrades could always count on me as I could on them and that I done my duty, which I did honorably. Which is a lot more then some of those we surrendered to can say.
Hardly surprising about your not having a better relationship with your dad. How could you possibly understand him ? I assume he was raised and educated in Hitler Germany, unlike you in a "politically correct atmosphere".
Also most of our experiences are miserable, painful and usually misconstrued as boasting or excuses.
I am pleased that my sons have no interest in soldiering and war, not because they are afraid to get hurt,
no - it's because of what they would have to do to others.
By the way I am also German born, just like in my youth the same officious zealots enforced what we were allowed to say, think and read. Now it's called politically correct and in my time it was called "toeing the party line". I don't miss any of it.
Let me leave you with the words of General DeGaulle:
A nations character is seen by the way it's veterans are treated.
(or something like it)
How are you ? Have you hit your 80 yet or have I beat you to it ?
I am proud to be living in a democratic country where freedom of speech has always been taken for granted maybe some people call us politically correct but I,m happy.I can go where I want when I want at any time without having to produce ID for just sitting on a bench.If you compare us with a lot of other countries I,d pick Australia anytime.We are a multicultural country with many migrants choosing our way of life and making this land home.Australians are non racist and we are tolerant to all religions.If that constitutes political correctness then so be it.