Tag: Veterans

The Entitlement Warriors

The Soviet veterans of the Great Patriotic War, though united through the fight for entitlements, differed greatly in generational experience and social welfare. The frontline generation, born between 1923 and 1927, “had not been established in adult life before the war and by 1945 had not learned much more than ‘shoot, throw grenades, and creep around’… Continue reading The Entitlement Warriors

Hero’s “Welcome”

Typically when soldiers return to their home country after a destructive war, they are met with cheers and excitement. Unfortunately, after World War II, the Soviet soldiers returned to a country that had been demolished and a population that had lost millions. The war had destroyed “1,700 towns, 70,000 villages, 30,000 factories, and 65,000 kilometers […]