History 01/02/20 What are the unspoken rules in the war kept the Soviet and German soldiers
war is War, as they say, and the lunch schedule. And this meal did not last, as remembered by soldiers, had to make certain compromises with the enemy. There was a tacit set of rules that both the Soviet and German soldiers tried to comply.
As said Konstantin Somov’s book, “Life at war”, and our, and the Germans tried to shoot at the medics and burial teams involved in the evacuation of the wounded and dead. First, everyone knew that one day he might be seriously wounded under enemy fire. Secondly, working and common sense: after all, the pile of rotting corpses brought not only inconvenience by its smell, but was also the source of infection: rodents, insects, and diseases.
Also, the fire did not touch the soldiers, celebrating nature’s call, and jars. Although the latter is practiced mainly in well-established and relatively calm sectors of the front. If Soviet or German troops succeeded in occupying a good position, cutting off the enemy from water, it tried by all means it is not allowed.
Under a white flag
Truce, raise the white flag, and those who decided to give up, also usually do not touch. At the initial stage of the war the Germans hoped that the Soviet soldiers will massively give up in captivity, and therefore willingly left the life of those who moved to them with raised above the head. But soon, life has taught to be less trusting: often under the guise of defectors acted saboteurs who blew up a grenade, being next to the crowd of Germans.
Andrey Vasilchenko in the book “100 days in the bloody hell. Budapest – “the Danube Stalingrad recounts one of the most famous cases of violation of the unspoken rules not to harm the truce. In December 1944 by enemy mortar fire byl killed captain Ilya Ostapenko, who was transferred to German garrison an ultimatum with a proposal of surrender.
And on a neutral strip flowers
If the front stabilized for a long time, then a neutral zone, as it became “common,” and opponents could visit her to rest or resupply in turn, almost without fear of attack. So, hero of the Soviet Union, senior Lieutenant Pavel Kokorev in an interview told about an interesting case in Hungary in 1944. Then in the neutral zone lies between the Soviet and German positions, were the vineyards and wine warehouses. With the onset of darkness until midnight for them to get hold of alcohol, attended our and from midnight to dawn, the Germans. An unwritten rule that first introduced the newcomers to the positions – no firing on the enemy at night.
of Course, all of the above rules could be broken and violated, mainly under pressure from commanders. After all, they had very specific goals – to win the war at any cost.
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