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"They are made of iron": From the memories of the Germans about Soviet soldiers and people

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After the German troops and their satellites invaded the territory of the Soviet Union, they quickly realized that they would have to fight with a serious, selfless opponent in the person of the Russian people.


If before the start of the Second World War, the German propagandist, Hitler’s associate, Joseph Goebbels artificially threw in disinformation about the Red Army, calling it poorly equipped, unarmed and an “army without command”, then in 1941 his opinion changed dramatically. The diary of the "classic of propaganda" has kept records that "the Russians and their command are ready to fight to the last, acting much better than at the very beginning of the war."

The surviving Nazis, from ordinary German soldiers to officers and generals, in their diaries, letters, and memoirs very often mentioned such traits of the Russian people and Soviet soldiers as fearlessness, resilience, recklessness, endurance, courage, unpredictability, and at the same time humanity time.

In the video presented, the author invites viewers to get acquainted with some recollections of the soldiers of the Third Reich about meeting with the Russian people and the stamina of their spirit in different periods of the Great Patriotic War. These notes do not lose their relevance today, talking about the feat of the Soviet soldier, the Soviet people in that war.

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Soviet military archives
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  1. rocket757
    rocket757 27 November 2019 10: 52
    +11
    "They are made of iron": From the memories of the Germans about Soviet soldiers and people

    These used memories, yes to modern gayropeytsam in the ears!
    The message of grandfathers to descendants !!!
    1. Svarog
      Svarog 27 November 2019 10: 58
      +12
      Quote: rocket757
      "They are made of iron": From the memories of the Germans about Soviet soldiers and people

      These used memories, yes to modern gayropeytsam in the ears!
      The message of grandfathers to descendants !!!

      Yes, Europeans need to constantly scroll through the memories of their grandfathers .. You will look and reason will increase, and aggression will decrease, and who their true enemy will become more obvious .. So they will rub their eyes and see how many American bases in Europe and who offers them hell again dive ..
      1. rocket757
        rocket757 27 November 2019 11: 03
        +5
        Quote: Svarog
        Yes, Europeans need to constantly scroll through the memories of their grandfathers ..

        We can collect and match an entire selection for them ... Poles, French, Germans, Japanese, and all the rest, various forgetful!
        1. 210ox
          210ox 27 November 2019 12: 43
          +2
          The current generation of gay Europeans will not understand this a priori. They will see in this only wild barbarism. They say, why did they not surrender in front of the strongest army in 41-42, made huge sacrifices and, as a result, brought their barbarity to "quiet and submissive Europe".
          1. rocket757
            rocket757 27 November 2019 13: 29
            +2
            Okay, they don’t understand us, but can we reach the invaders with good kicks? Or is there already a colony of notebook masahists?
            1. 210ox
              210ox 27 November 2019 13: 34
              +2
              No, they can’t. For them, we will always be backward from Hollywood films. They will only understand when they really get a kick from us.
              1. rocket757
                rocket757 27 November 2019 14: 14
                +2
                It is as if without problems, always please ... only a kick can turn out to be critically powerful!
            2. AU Ivanov.
              AU Ivanov. 27 November 2019 14: 18
              0
              That's right: they don’t understand. Not given to them. There are many who have broken their teeth about Russia: both Swedes and Turks and French and Germans. Sclerosis, probably.
    2. Alexander Suvorov
      Alexander Suvorov 27 November 2019 11: 06
      +15
      Yesterday I watched from the same series of memories. So there one German was indignant at the barbarism of the Russians. You see, you see, an "enlightened" European, and in France, the Louvre admired ancient ruins in Greece, and was in Cyprus, although he did not say that apart from admiring the beauty, they worked there. And in wild and barbaric Russia, you see him in the face, and even with a boot. Most of all he was outraged by the fact that the Russians were so barbarous that they did not want to admit that they were defeated.
      Quote: "We have defeated them, but these barbarians refuse to admit it."
      Two of his brothers died, one in the 41st, the second in the 42nd, and he was still waiting in line at the 43rd. I hope he was disposed of by my grandfather, this Nazi bastard who imagines himself to be the navel of the earth and the crown of creation. Here you listen to their memoirs and in a new way you begin to hate all the Nazis, and for one and all Germans in addition. Although I relate to the Germans exactly, for me the Anglo-Saxons are a much worse infection. The Germans at least fought, and these cowardly creatures strive to do everything with the wrong hands, including the hands of the Germans.
      In general, there you Nazi creatures and the road, in the sense of Hell, you land our glassy!
      1. rocket757
        rocket757 27 November 2019 11: 15
        +5
        Quote: Alexander Suvorov
        I hope he was disposed of by my grandfather, this Nazi bastard who imagines himself to be the navel of the earth and the crown of creation.

        And so it is, we got what we deserve ... and we would take a closer look at the activities of all kinds of different funds, with a foreign smell! What would not grow up with us more than the universal human boys Kolya!
        1. Alexander Suvorov
          Alexander Suvorov 27 November 2019 11: 22
          +2
          rocket757 (Victor)
          And so it is, we got what we deserve ... and we would take a closer look at the activities of all kinds of different funds, with a foreign smell! What did not grow with us more than the universal human boys Kolya!
          As I understand it, now it depends only on ourselves. Our state has removed itself from this process, or rather has not even removed itself, but rather supports the process of educating coleysurengoy. What is our education system worth, and the Mannerheim boards, the monuments to Krasnov and Kolchak, and the mausoleum drapery on May 9, and the parade on November 7 in honor of the parade on November 7, 1941? Yes, a lot of other things and all this is done by the hands of our government. What is the government, if the guarantor publicly repents in Katyn and personally lays wreaths on traitors like Solzhenitsin and others.
          1. rocket757
            rocket757 27 November 2019 11: 28
            +3
            Quote: Alexander Suvorov
            As I understand it, now it depends only on ourselves.

            I have written many, many times. PARENTS WAKE UP and get involved in raising YOUR CHILDREN or in general everyone with whom you have to work / learn! They are OUR RESPONSIBILITY and HOPE for a normal, dignified life in the future!
            I have already raised my company half and will continue further ... but this is infinitely small!
            1. Alexander Suvorov
              Alexander Suvorov 27 November 2019 11: 39
              +1
              rocket757 (Victor)
              I have already raised my company half and will continue further ... but this is infinitely small!
              And THANKS to you for this! hi For if each of us re-educates, persuades at least one of them, and this will already be an achievement, since you who are persuaded will be able to convince other astray ones. And oh, how many have divorced now. Down below is one of them that does not need memory, but give the standard of living as in Germany. They have nothing sacred, if only to fill their stomach. And then people like him will prove to everyone with foam at the mouth that we would not resist the Germans, now everyone would drive German cars and drink Bavarian beer while eating Frankfurt sausages.
              Idiocy and admiration for the West in Russia is practically impossible to eradicate, although this mainly concerns the stratum of the so-called "intelligentsia".
              1. rocket757
                rocket757 27 November 2019 13: 04
                +3
                Quote: Alexander Suvorov
                if each of us re-educates, persuades at least one of them, and this will already be an achievement, because you who are persuaded will be able to convince other astray.

                No, no, I have teenagers, the crazy hands club. Quite malleable material, in which you can still fix something that parents and the school missed ... ONLY CORRECT, i.e. in addition to teaching applied skills and sciences, there is some PATRIOTIC and CULTURAL education, since US was previously taught in the Soviet School. I can't fix everything if my parents don't support and accept it!
                Fortunately, this is a VILLAGE and everyone knows each other and everyone managed to explain that everything should not be all early, their future depends on this.
                Quote: Alexander Suvorov
                Idiocy and admiration for the West in Russia is practically impossible to eradicate, although this mainly concerns the stratum of the so-called "intelligentsia".

                All the same, on a rural basis, this is not so rooted as somewhere in the central cities, the environment does not contribute ... besides everything else, you have to work hard to live a normal life.
                who didn’t want to ... so there are no more of them, almost, dying as a class.
        2. Ross xnumx
          Ross xnumx 27 November 2019 11: 39
          +4
          Quote: rocket757
          What would not grow up with us more than the universal human boys Kolya!

          What is there to look closely? We, who are gathering here (on the site), sometimes argue and defend different opinions, but we do not see our existence outside our homeland, outside the land of our ancestors, and in the country there are so many "koleiizurengoi", nightingales and siskins with foreign residence permits outside Russia, but imagining themselves to be bearers of patriotism ... How they go to work ...
          1. rocket757
            rocket757 27 November 2019 13: 12
            +3
            Quote: ROSS 42
            .How go to work ...

            Everything is right, so people are divided ... Someone is working hard, someone is defending their homeland, although this is exactly what we all are doing, working and creating people!
            And someone sucked and ... in different ways, who just rivets different children and koleiizurengoy, another steals and takes.
            There are all kinds of things, you need to understand this, remember and UNITE with those who are close to you in spirit, at will to make your life better and help others, your country!
            Something like this, you should choose your own path.
    3. NEXUS
      NEXUS 27 November 2019 14: 07
      +3
      Quote: rocket757
      These used memories, yes to modern gayropeytsam in the ears!
      The message of grandfathers to descendants !!!

      Yesterday I threw off such videos here ... today an article of the same blogger came out ...
      1. rocket757
        rocket757 27 November 2019 14: 33
        +2
        But such footage is REPRODUCED and hanged in all the offices of German politicians.
        For everyone else and with their grandfathers there will be, in the same position or even "prettier"!
    4. Mikhail3
      Mikhail3 28 November 2019 16: 29
      0
      Such people, about which the Germans of that time write and speak, in present-day Russia are not close.
      1. rocket757
        rocket757 28 November 2019 18: 44
        0
        Quote: Mikhail3
        Such people, about which the Germans of that time write and speak, in present-day Russia are not close.

        Is it you who, yourself or foreigners calm / inspire?
        1. Mikhail3
          Mikhail3 29 November 2019 09: 02
          0
          I am stating a fact. Try to imagine those people in your current situation. Almost everything that seems normal and permissible to us would provoke reactions from complete rejection to extreme disgust. And they would immediately change this situation.
          Are you trying to scare the "foreigners" by talking about the heroic deeds of people to whom we are not even a candle? What was - THEIR feat. Not ours.
          1. rocket757
            rocket757 29 November 2019 09: 26
            0
            Each generation has its own line, its heroes.
            We do not compare them, we simply state that the Russian land is not impoverished!
            Combines
            Igor Vyacheslavovich Rasteryaev

            Each of them was in the army
            No one has dismissed that he has gem there - - - th.
            Combiners, tractor drivers, loaders of watermelon trucks -
            These guys are not the dream of glamorous fools.
            And let there pid - d - d rage in Moscow,
            But while we have these guys in our country,
            Let the enemies know, everyone knows, su - y - at Condoleezza Rice:
            Never scumbag NATO take us.
            1. Mikhail3
              Mikhail3 29 November 2019 14: 56
              0
              Self-deception. For an ordinary person, this is ridiculous. For the leader - deadly. I hope that you do not solve anything significant in the country.
  2. Masha
    Masha 27 November 2019 10: 57
    +10
    Nikolai Tikhonov - Ballad about nails.
    Calm down the pipe to the end,
    He smiled calmly from his face.
    "Team, to the front! Officers, go!"
    The commander walks dryly.
    And the words are equal in full height:
    "Anchoring at eight.
    At whom the wife, the brother -
    Write, we will not come back.
    But there will be a noble bowling alley. "
    And the eldest in response: "Yes, captain!"
    And the most daring and young
    I looked at the sun over the water.
    “Does it matter,” he said, “where?
    It's even easier to lie in the water. "
    Admiral's ears caught the dawn:
    "The order is executed, there are no rescued".
    Nails would be made from these people:
    It wouldn’t be stronger in the world of nails!
  3. AU Ivanov.
    AU Ivanov. 27 November 2019 11: 02
    +2
    The Germans, as always: on the same rake. But Frederick 2 also said: “It’s not enough to kill a Russian soldier - he also needs to be knocked to the ground!”
  4. Loess
    Loess 27 November 2019 11: 09
    +2
    then in 1941 his opinion changed dramatically
    The problem is that clever thoughts about Russia come to Europeans only after these Europeans begin to receive faces from Russia in the face.
    1. rocket757
      rocket757 27 November 2019 11: 18
      +1
      Quote: Less
      then in 1941 his opinion changed dramatically
      The problem is that clever thoughts about Russia come to Europeans only after these Europeans begin to receive faces from Russia in the face.

      So to those universal people and sverhlyudinam, no lessons to see no good! After all, there’s not even a repetition, the mother of learning, there it’s on ... put on the conveyor, greed and stupidity plus unconsciousness?
  5. prodd
    prodd 27 November 2019 11: 13
    -11
    How much you can chew on this topic nostalgically, it was 80 years ago, the Germans, by the way, are not at all interested in this topic and in general the war, they are one of the leading countries in the world with an excellent standard of living.
    1. Kamchatsky
      Kamchatsky 27 November 2019 11: 28
      +4
      To not forget!
    2. Alexander Suvorov
      Alexander Suvorov 27 November 2019 11: 30
      +5
      prodd (prodd)
      How much can you chew this topic nostalgically
      Exactly as much as it will be necessary for people like you to have their brains replaced and memory returned!
    3. AU Ivanov.
      AU Ivanov. 27 November 2019 11: 43
      +2
      A people that does not remember the past has no future.
    4. Ross xnumx
      Ross xnumx 27 November 2019 11: 44
      +4
      Quote: prodd
      How much you can chew on this topic nostalgically, it was 80 years ago, by the way the Germans are not at all interested in this topic and in general the war

      But it doesn’t matter to us, it’s interesting to the Germans or someone else, for us the main thing is to remember
    5. Petrograd
      Petrograd 27 November 2019 13: 27
      +4
      Quote: prodd
      How much you can chew on this topic nostalgically, it was 80 years ago, the Germans, by the way, are not at all interested in this topic and in general the war, they are one of the leading countries in the world with an excellent standard of living.

      The standard of living is good, but in Russia we live worse, but we live. And we live thanks to Feat and Victory in that war. You, apparently, have forgotten what "role" was assigned to the Russians (now I will not touch on other nationalities, which also more than inherited from the "enlightened connoisseurs of racial purity"), total physical DESTRUCTION, Russian-death ... Yes, it was allowed to leave some part of the population as slaves, to serve the German masters, but completely disenfranchised, sterilized, whose position and existence would be much worse than cattle. Are you “not surprised” that in modern Germany they try to forget about it (and they have not completely forgotten, at 15 they were there, they remember well and “nostalgic” about those times)? God forbid this will happen again when "enlightened racially pure" come to your house and smash your children's heads with rifle butts or pump out all the blood for a transfusion, when they dishonor their wife, mother, sisters, and then burn them alive according to "funny music" shed (which happened in that war), justifying yourself by the fact that your nationality is not the same and the skull is not the correct shape. Why should we, the descendants of the Victors in that war, forget this ???
      I would recommend that you watch the films: "Ordinary Fascism" and "Come and See", maybe (hopefully) "come and go", and so "-"...
    6. The Siberian barber
      The Siberian barber 27 November 2019 17: 24
      +1
      Shut up ghoul, with your "standard of living"! am
      . chew nostalgically
      you chew ruminant!
      Maybe, but rather, I wouldn’t chew, if fathers and grandfathers, heads, didn’t put a brain for you !!!
      Siny unclean
    7. NEXUS
      NEXUS 27 November 2019 19: 09
      +1
      Quote: prodd
      How much you can chew on this topic nostalgically, it was 80 years ago, the Germans, by the way, are not at all interested in this topic and in general the war, they are one of the leading countries in the world with an excellent standard of living.

      If you have a grandfather who fought or was, I think he would have a calloused fist for such a stupid question that went over your physiognomy and explained to you where his granddaughter could go with such questions.
      Here is one of the disadvantages of the SS-ovskikh talks about his hard life. Offended by his Soviet soldiers, an unfortunate geek.
      He did not understand why our soldiers were atrocious, carving the SS-tsev like rams. He pretends that he doesn’t know what the SS-ts were doing in Belarus, Ukraine and so on ... who guarded the concentration camps ... and not with sleep and not in spirit, this bit really does not understand why the Russians did not like them, SS-tsev .
      He calls us beasts and explains that they came to us to humanize us poor and dark. About 30 million lives of our people no gu gu. He is not an animal, animals do not kill senselessly for the sake of murder. He is a NOTHING who burns in hell, if the SS-ts has a soul at all.
      1. Petrograd
        Petrograd 27 November 2019 20: 21
        +1
        Andrey, honestly tried to watch your video, could not, disgusting. It is disgusting to listen to this "u (mat) ka". Here s (checkmate) and not finished. And the scum does not die, it lives and starts up its shit.
        1. NEXUS
          NEXUS 27 November 2019 20: 58
          +1
          Quote: Petrograd
          Andrey, honestly tried to watch your video, could not, disgusting. It is disgusting to listen to this "u (mat) ka". Here s (checkmate) and not finished. And the scum does not die, it lives and starts up its shit.

          Here's a video of what our Nazi soldiers considered ... NOT SOLDIERS!
  6. Alien From
    Alien From 27 November 2019 11: 31
    +5
    Having crushed effortlessly all of Europe, these vile critters came across real, heroic, Soviet PEOPLE !!!! For whom the word homeland, family, home, not just words !!! Glory to our soldiers and home front worker !!! Especially in Simonov’s trilogy, it’s well written, at a time when the encirclement in the Moscow region met an artillery crew with a gun and several shells that they dragged from Brest !!!
  7. Nyrobsky
    Nyrobsky 27 November 2019 13: 46
    +6
    It seemed to me alone that a Fritz sitting with a shepherd in a stroller suspiciously looks like US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo?
    1. Petrograd
      Petrograd 27 November 2019 14: 03
      +2
      Damn, is it true ?!
      1. rocket757
        rocket757 27 November 2019 14: 36
        +2
        Quote: Nyrobsky
        It seemed to me alone that a Fritz sitting with a shepherd in a stroller suspiciously looks like US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo?

        Quote: Petrograd
        Online
        Petrogradets (Alexander) Today, 14:03
        +1
        Damn, is it true ?!

        I wish I could find a picture of this Fritz when I was draping from there, where I was going to conquer !!! And send the kit to that goss secret box!
  8. Andrei from Chelyabinsk
    Andrei from Chelyabinsk 27 November 2019 14: 02
    +3
    I really liked the memoirs of Otto Carius, a German tanker who fought on both the western and eastern front. Comparing Soviet and American soldiers, he noted that five Russians were much more dangerous than three dozen Americans ...
    I also recall the afterword of Mellentin to his memoirs. Where he declared the Soviet Panzer Corps mod 1944 the greatest striking force in the history of mankind, and the Soviet infantry - one of the pillars of the existing world order ....
    1. VeteranVSSSR
      VeteranVSSSR 27 November 2019 14: 28
      +2
      Guys, what the hell are memoirs. You have no parents, grandparents who could tell you the truth about that War ...
      It was a long time ago ... I was 5-7 years old and I found a box with premium Nazi crosses. And now I go up to the older guys to boast of my find ... In short, they explained to me that this muck is not what You can't take your hands, you shouldn't look, and if you look at the dead Fritz ...
      It's funny - ... I like the memoirs of the von baron ... '', but I am offended that my father did not send this von baron to the humus ...
      1. Andrei from Chelyabinsk
        Andrei from Chelyabinsk 27 November 2019 14: 57
        +3
        I have one grandfather who has been a sapper throughout the war, signed at the Brandenburg Gate. But he died, I was not even a year old. And the second was the master of ChTZ, long before the war he had three fingers torn off his hand (he climbed to save a drunken fool ... he saved, but he left his fingers on the machine tool), so he didn’t get to the war.
        In general, memoirs are always interesting to read, I recommend :)
        But they didn’t send them to the humus ... Well, someone had to tell us about the Kam, how it is to fight the USSR
        1. NEXUS
          NEXUS 29 November 2019 04: 37
          0
          Quote: Andrey from Chelyabinsk
          I have one grandfather who has been a sapper throughout the war, signed at the Brandenburg Gate.

          One of my grandmothers was a sniper in Stalingrad ... put more than a hundred fascists there. Even on NTV there was a broadcast about her. Well, my mother’s grandfather at the age of 24 was a guard lieutenant colonel, awarded the Order of Lenin. I don’t know much about sniper grandmother since she died in 58. But my grandfather talked a lot about the war.
          Those people were not just people, but SUPERSONS. Fight the war, defeat, then famine, devastation, banditry and poverty ... and after 16 years Gagarin, and the second economy in the world. And the children raised educated, intelligent, for whom it was not a shame.
  9. VeteranVSSSR
    VeteranVSSSR 27 November 2019 14: 17
    -3
    Quote: Less
    then in 1941 his opinion changed dramatically
    The problem is that clever thoughts about Russia come to Europeans only after these Europeans begin to receive faces from Russia in the face.


    It’s clear that Russia is everything, but we stood aside ...
    1. xax
      xax 30 November 2019 00: 26
      +2
      Quote: VeteranVSSSR
      and we

      You were not born then.
      And if you are about Belarusians, then they are also Russian. We Russians are generally many different - a resident of the Vladimir region is slightly different from a resident of Rostov. Belarus is also a little different. Etc. You just live for a long time under the yoke of propaganda and in isolation from the sensation of the moments voiced by me - that’s forgotten who is who.
  10. VeteranVSSSR
    VeteranVSSSR 27 November 2019 15: 06
    -2
    Quote: Andrey from Chelyabinsk
    I have one grandfather who has been a sapper throughout the war, signed at the Brandenburg Gate. But he died, I was not even a year old. And the second was the master of ChTZ, long before the war he had three fingers torn off his hand (he climbed to save a drunken fool ... he saved, but he left his fingers on the machine tool), so he didn’t get to the war.
    In general, memoirs are always interesting to read, I recommend :)
    But they didn’t send them to the humus ... Well, someone had to tell us about the Kam, how it is to fight the USSR

    I agree with you that reading is useful and informative, but these are just letters ...
    Let me give you an example, we all heard and read about the bombing of Dresdan, but ...
    my mother and grandfather were there at that time, i.e. were direct participants ... Do you think they had something to tell?
  11. dimasik-nl
    dimasik-nl 27 November 2019 16: 59
    0
    What Russian people ????? I am half Russian and a Jew, the wife of a Belarusian, my relatives live in Russia. SOVIET. WRITE IT AT YOURSELF ON YOUR BROWSE !!!
    1. VeteranVSSSR
      VeteranVSSSR 27 November 2019 17: 04
      -1
      Quote: dimasik-nl
      What Russian people ????? I am half Russian and a Jew, the wife of a Belarusian, my relatives live in Russia. SOVIET. WRITE IT AT YOURSELF ON YOUR BROWSE !!!

      I am for the SOVIET PEOPLE !!!
      We live in an interesting time: the Allies won the war, and Russia won.
      Where does the World go ??? ...