Reality of war. . REALITIES (. Boy, did I bet on the wrong horse...


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#262 - chainway (07/15/2013) [-]
This one got me so hard...
User avatar #266 to #262 - thewowpimp ONLINE (07/15/2013) [-]
Really? To me it looks like the soldier is being a dick and trying to steal that boy's flag and the kid starts to cry because of it.
User avatar #267 to #266 - chainway (07/15/2013) [-]
#268 to #262 - mcswoof (07/15/2013) [-]
I misread your comment so badly just now..
#269 to #268 - chainway (07/15/2013) [-]
you sure you misread that?
#272 to #269 - mcswoof (07/15/2013) [-]
Hahaha....good one.
Wait are you serious?
#275 to #272 - chainway (07/15/2013) [-]
Take a guess
#284 to #280 - chainway (07/15/2013) [-]
Are you irritated?
User avatar #271 to #262 - payseht ONLINE (07/15/2013) [-]
you are too easily aroused
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#62 - nextgenmidgett (07/15/2013) [-]
Some times i wonder if people who have suffered such horrific injuries will ever be the same again
User avatar #71 to #62 - loctrothree (07/15/2013) [-]
I remember reading this one story about this guy who jumped on a grenade in WW2 and it ****** up his face, it isnt the main plot point but in the book he has to adapt with the fact that his face is all messed up. The book is called Heroes by Robert Cormeir. It's aimed more for teenagers.
User avatar #72 to #71 - loctrothree (07/15/2013) [-]
Sorry I'm bad at describing things and the fact that I read the book ln like 6 years ago doesnt help
#177 to #62 - fuckyosixtyminutes (07/15/2013) [-]
Wow, you sure are deep.
#67 to #62 - justanotherzombie (07/15/2013) [-]
No, no they wont.
No, no they wont.
#41 - beerholder (07/15/2013) [-]
Boy, did I bet on the wrong horse...
User avatar #351 to #41 - alexusapi (07/15/2013) [-]
wrong horse? darth vader is awesome!
User avatar #70 to #41 - akneegrow (07/15/2013) [-]
I feel so terrible for thinking that this is funny, but the previously felt sadness from the post kept me from laughing.
User avatar #258 to #41 - bigmanfifty (07/15/2013) [-]
you're a brave guy, beerholder
#80 to #41 - shadowxmarrow (07/15/2013) [-]
Sadly enough, she actually ended up leaving him i believe.
User avatar #152 to #80 - benjamino (07/15/2013) [-]
I get that it's sad, but can you blame her? Can you look at that woman's face in her own wedding photograph and think she should stay by him. I know it's a bit shallow, but the man isn't handsome, his face looks a little gross. I feel for him and think it's horrific, but she has a right to be with someone she thinks is attractive.
#218 to #152 - anon (07/15/2013) [-]
your a shallow peice of ******* sadist **** **** tard
User avatar #240 to #218 - benjamino (07/15/2013) [-]
Man I'm just trying to be honest. It is shallow, but it's like people pretend Adalia Rose is 'pretty' and 'beautiful'. She isn't. She looks like ET. You can feel sorry for her, and I do, I really feel for her and her condition, I think it's utterly horrible, but it is a lie to say she is beautiful. The same goes for the soldier. He's a good man, he served his country, he does not deserve what has happened to him. But that doesn't mean he should be lied to. Would it be better for her to look at him every day and pretend she thought he was beautiful? Hell it would be scary to wake up to that face next to you. I'm not saying it is right, but if we live in a society where people should be obligated to be with someone they aren't attracted to anymore because they used to be attracted to them, then frankly I don't think I want to live in it anymore.
#247 to #240 - MrMouz (07/15/2013) [-]
the 			****		 you just say?
the **** you just say?
User avatar #180 to #80 - topperharly (07/15/2013) [-]
didnt he die?
User avatar #188 to #161 - dubslao (07/15/2013) [-]
wow, look at that
all them ****** are playing on their Gameboy Advances

then ******* Mathias here is playing on his ******* Gameboy Colour
User avatar #257 to #161 - bigmanfifty (07/15/2013) [-]
some valiant pokemon warriors there
#25 - checkprofile (07/15/2013) [-]
Id go to war if i got a bacon blanket
User avatar #121 to #25 - SgtObvious (07/15/2013) [-]
i'd call that a prosciutto blanket
#198 to #25 - harleycurnow (07/15/2013) [-]
Bacon Man gives bacon blankets to all!
User avatar #27 to #25 - galgawine (07/15/2013) [-]
Well, I'm going to hell
User avatar #47 to #27 - rheago (07/15/2013) [-]
Not before you finish the LOTR posts you're not
#49 to #47 - galgawine (07/15/2013) [-]
XD I've been recognized, I feel so happy
XD I've been recognized, I feel so happy
#50 to #49 - rheago (07/15/2013) [-]
Well yeah, you made me re-read the entire series :p
Well yeah, you made me re-read the entire series :p
User avatar #241 to #50 - benjamino (07/15/2013) [-]
I'm going to look into getting that tattoo.
#256 to #49 - rustlingthejimmys (07/15/2013) [-]
Will looks like you got a new Subscriber. Great info love Lore
Will looks like you got a new Subscriber. Great info love Lore
#201 to #175 - Waddles (07/15/2013) [-]
I shouldnt have laughed but Oh 			****		 I am going straight to hell.    
That was priceless hahaha XD
I shouldnt have laughed but Oh **** I am going straight to hell.

That was priceless hahaha XD
User avatar #209 to #201 - supniggs (07/15/2013) [-]
I'll see you there buddy
#74 - hankpym ONLINE (07/15/2013) [-]
I feel bad that i laughed at this picture now
#281 to #260 - anon (07/15/2013) [-]
So true. This is why Vietnam has such a high amount of soldiers with mental issues. Being shunned for what your country sent you to do makes you question why you bothered in the first place to fight in their name.
User avatar #294 to #260 - dafiltafish (07/15/2013) [-]
That was before PTSD was on anyone's radar.
#303 to #294 - fantomen (07/15/2013) [-]
People have known about PTSD since the Napoleonic wars.
Back then it was called nostalgia and was seen as a serious problem.
Later in WWI it was called shell shock and was believed to be partially caused by artillery shells exploding close to you. But because both sides were in desperate need of more man power it was not seen as a reason to back out of the war, and the people who tired to leave because of PTSD were often shot for being cowards.
User avatar #306 to #303 - dafiltafish (07/15/2013) [-]
The name, the treatment, and the attitude are relatively new to warfare.
User avatar #304 - ishallsmiteyou (07/15/2013) [-]
In my great grandfather's diary (He was a Nazi official 1938-1945), I found a passage dated the 25th of September, 1944, saying "So many dead. Bodies everywhere, some so mangled that that you can't tell if they're British or German. There were just so many Brits... They just kept coming, no matter how much flak we threw at them. I've seen the Brits fight all over the world, but these people, the "Red Devils", were something else. So many of them coming down on parachutes in an air armada so thick it eclipsed the sun. And they're all dead... The only ones left alive are the ones that didn't jump. Oh god, the stench, that Godawful stench. So many rotting bodies, and too much fighting to even dispose of them. The horrors I have seen today alone are far greater than those I have witnessed in the last 6 years of my fighting; never before have I witnessed such a massacre. Please, God, make it stop... Make it stop..."

The rest of the entry was just "Make it stop..." over and over and over. He ended up going nearly insane after Operation Market Garden, but he was recuperated by the time of the last stand for Berlin, which he took some part in leading.

TL; DR: My grandfather not only saw the reality of war first hand, he helped create it, and never really got over what he had done.
User avatar #347 to #304 - CyrilKeir ONLINE (07/15/2013) [-]
Fun fact, they added Flak cannons to the list of "cruel and unusual weaponry" that they aren't supposed to use anymore, after that battle. Closest thing we still get to that, is the shotgun.
#352 to #304 - anon (07/15/2013) [-]
Respect to you and your Grandfather, he fought in the most bloodiest war the world has ever seen. My Grandfather just passed on Friday, he was a WWII veteran who fought for the Red Army during that time. At that time, he didnt understand why he had to fight but before passing on his death bed hours before his departing...he told me everything. He told me about his brutal training, the friends he made and lost, including the battles he fought Grandfather even fought during the Siege of Stalingrad. He too went insane for a little pit before healing. After the war he came to the US and married an American, my Grandmother, and eventually my generation showed up. Even though the Russians and Germans were enemies, I think both of our Grandfathers would have been good friends and learned from their mistakes. Thank you for letting me share this Mr. Ishallsmiteyou.
User avatar #353 to #352 - ishallsmiteyou (07/15/2013) [-]
Your grandfather sounds like one hell of a guy, anon.
#365 to #353 - anon (07/15/2013) [-]
Thank you sir, he would have appreciated that but at his age and what he went through, I think he would have said " **** off" in Russian. He never really meant it, it was just from the things he saw that made him think of another meaning of hell. During our conversation of Stalingrad, I asked him how many Nazis(He never said Germans because he knew all of them were not involved) he killed... he said he stopped counting after he had to swim through the trenches and mortar holes that were filled with blood...Years before he passed away, he even took me to the city that use to be Stalingrad and showed me where he fought, where he lost a friend, and the spots he took position in. Most of the buildings are gone now and he said the best place to be a sniper, (I didn't believe it at first until he showed me his rifle he used all the way through the war...its really worn down, I want to try and restore it), was in a building but at the same time it was the worst.
#377 to #304 - anon (07/27/2013) [-]
As a german would you mind posting this in its original german text?
#311 to #304 - anon (07/15/2013) [-]
Respect to your Grandad from Britain.
You should show that diary to a war museum so they can copy it and use it, it sounds like a very good insight into the mind of Germans during the war, and to dismiss the notion that they were all "evil".
User avatar #312 to #311 - ishallsmiteyou (07/15/2013) [-]
I am, I'm going to translate it and send it to a war museum in London, Ontario.
#313 to #312 - anon (07/15/2013) [-]
I'll watch out for it, sounds like a good, if depressing, read.
User avatar #314 to #313 - ishallsmiteyou (07/15/2013) [-]
Well, I've only translated about an eighth of it so far, so it's going to be quite a while before I get it sent out there. And yes, it is very depressing so far.
#330 to #314 - trevanman (07/15/2013) [-]
I'm assuming it's written in german.
let me read the original text
User avatar #333 to #330 - ishallsmiteyou (07/15/2013) [-]
What, you want me to send you the book or something?
#371 to #333 - trevanman (07/16/2013) [-]
well...the book is too valuable.
you could send a copy
User avatar #372 to #371 - ishallsmiteyou (07/16/2013) [-]
I doubt I'll do that, I don't have the time to record the 400 or so pages. I'd scan it but the book was made in 1935, so I doubt that flattening it out and putting it in a scanner would do anything but wreck it.
#373 to #372 - trevanman (07/16/2013) [-]
then don't.
doesn't matter.
I'll get to read it when it's in the museum, then
User avatar #374 to #373 - ishallsmiteyou (07/16/2013) [-]
probably, but it depends whether or not:
1. they accept it
2. I get around to finishing it
3. the paper doesn't disintegrate in my hands as I flip through the pages
#375 to #374 - trevanman (07/16/2013) [-]
I bought two books last year in Stralsund (northeast Germany)
one of them is a copy of "Streit und Friede" from 1843 and written in old german. (gothic) it's really hard to read.
the other is a copy of Beowulf from 1918 and written in either Icelandic or old nordic. (I'm gonna go with Icelandic)

You'll be fine as long as you're careful with it. Don't eat anything when you work with it and wash your hands before you touch it. That way you should be fine.

Nobody really likes to brag about such a family's past. But hey; my great-grandfathers fought in the war as well. Just not as Nazi officials. The father of my granddad on my dad's side had been in on most of the action, I believe. I think he had been in the army from the invasion of Norway until his capture by the Soviets and was lieutenant or something. (he became mayor of the town he settled down in. and more or less built his own house. the house is still in the family)
The other; my grandmother's father on my father's side (yeah, pretty much my german side) was a corporal and had to defend against the Soviets until he got captured by them. Probably because he got hit by some shrapnel from a Soviet grenade. Some of those shrapnel pieces got out, others remained in his leg. The man never fully recovered from it.

I don't know what exactly happened, because it's awkward to ask and my family doesn't want to speak of it.

Anything interesting from WWI next?
#317 to #314 - anon (07/15/2013) [-]
Keep up the good work, every diary completes our picture of history.
#318 to #317 - ishallsmiteyou (07/15/2013) [-]
You, sir, are awesome.
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#243 - yuvesh (07/15/2013) [-]
realities of war
realities of war
#45 - impaledsandwich (07/15/2013) [-]
"Down and out,
It can't be helped if there's a lot of it about"
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#30 - vladstronsy (07/15/2013) [-]
Remember when it was just shanking the other guy? You would get someone to piss in the other guys hall then run back home with a small mob on his trail. Then you'd get all your guys together and he'd get his. You'd put on all your heavy **** and start walking into his territory, burning and looting in an indiscriminate fashion that you know the other guy would do to you if he got there first. You'd finally meet the other guy with his respective band of guys, stop for a day, get everyone into a big ass mass. Then the next day you would get together and charge the other guy while he did the same, hacking and slashing each other to pieces with whatever you could get your hands on. Then someone would say "TIMEOUT" and everybody would walk back to camp while the corpses got burned and the looted then you'd do the same thing the next day until you finally worked it out and went back home either ashamed or proud, carrying the things you'd looted with you along the way. Then some asshat went to the orient and brought back cannons like a dick and everything went downhill after that.
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#336 - alexleukaemia (07/15/2013) [-]
I really like this image.

It's called War and Peace
User avatar #355 to #336 - arsenymous (07/15/2013) [-]
That is very nice, you know who did it?
User avatar #28 - Sockopolis (07/15/2013) [-]
The homeless statistic rustles my jimmies. Sure, some were legitimately screwed out of their home, but lets be serious here, Im sure some homeless veterans have nobody but themselves to blame.
User avatar #208 to #28 - hudis ONLINE (07/15/2013) [-]
No, the so-called 'liberty' of the U.S. is to blame. Humanity was never designed for every man to take care of himself individually. That's why the American dream will never work for the vast majority.
#33 to #28 - lolabunny (07/15/2013) [-]
I think the main reason for a high statistic is the level of PTSD and other mental issues found in soldiers due to fighting in a war. It's not been too long that we've really been able to grasp this and there is/was a stigma about going for help with mental problems so all these brave men and women develop debilitating and life ruining conditions that lose them their jobs and homes and don't/can't get the help they need to get back on track.

If I remember right they're now pushing for soldier to under go thorough psychological assessments and treatment, so maybe this number will start to decrease.
User avatar #48 to #33 - toadkillerdog (07/15/2013) [-]
heh, I got to see the Marine Corps treatment for ptsd, they basically make you sit through powerpoints nonstop until you say you're better. I killed a man, and for some strange reason showing me ******* graphs doesn't offer much perspective. The only way to make the military do **** for guys that get out is to force them to, or do it yourself.
Some of those homeless vets you see aren't actually vets, but the ones that are got back and got a high five from the military before they got thrown back out on the street.
#37 to #33 - anon (07/15/2013) [-]
Also alcoholism. Some people need to do a lot of forgetting of all the **** theyve done....
#246 - almightythor (07/15/2013) [-]
My friends, it has often been said that I like war.
Friends, I like war.
No, friends, I love war!
I love holocausts. I love defensive lines. I love sieges, charges, I love mop-up operations, and retreats.
Wars across prairies, in streets, in trenches, in grasslands, in frozen tundras, through deserts, on the sea, in the air, I love every act of war that can occur upon this earth.
My heart leaps with joy whenever a soldier is tossed into the air and cut to pieces by well placed sniper rounds.
And there is nothing like a tank operator destroying enemy tanks. And the feeling that comes when a soldier runs screaming from his blazing tank only to be mowed down by heavy machine gun fire, is such an exquisite feeling.
Like when ranks of infantry brandish their bayonets rushing into the enemy line. It moves me deep within my heart to watch a fresh recruit stabbing over and over into the bloated chest of a long-dead enemy.
War is a beautiful symphony of hell on this wondrous earth.
User avatar #264 to #246 - toguro ONLINE (07/15/2013) [-]
If you're going to quote The Major from Hellsing at least have a picture from Hellsing or no-one is going to have a clue as to what's going on
User avatar #265 to #264 - almightythor (07/15/2013) [-]
I know I thought I had one but I couldn't find it, it occurs to me know I prolly could have downloaded one but to little to late.
#211 - EdwardNigma (07/15/2013) [-]
I get it. War is bad. People die in war. It's common knowledge that doesn't need to be brought to my attention.

**** sucks, but like, what can you do?
User avatar #263 to #211 - tylosaurus ONLINE (07/15/2013) [-]
Not support it.
User avatar #212 to #211 - thepandaking (07/15/2013) [-]
you can not sign up.. that's a start.
User avatar #215 to #212 - EdwardNigma (07/15/2013) [-]
But you can't really stop other people doing it.
User avatar #220 to #215 - thepandaking (07/15/2013) [-]
very true, those commercials for it make people feel like if people say "you probably shouldn't sign up," they're saying "I don't support you" and it gives them this rebellious cause to sign up.
User avatar #223 to #220 - EdwardNigma (07/15/2013) [-]
The Australian ones are the opposite. Heres a quick rundown.

" ***** . THE ******* ARMY/NAVY. IS THE **** .

Apart from screaming and swearing, it's pretty accurate.
I think it'd be better with screaming and swearing.
User avatar #228 to #223 - thepandaking (07/15/2013) [-]
well it's like that here too, but I meant just in the commercials. The Navy came to my high school a few years ago and all my classmates were obsessing over it because the presentation was all about how badass people who join the Navy are.
User avatar #229 to #228 - EdwardNigma (07/15/2013) [-]
Well yeah, they get to go and kill giant whales, take down ancient alien gods, join the Drowned God in his watery halls, sing with a crab.

Sounds radical.
User avatar #230 to #229 - thepandaking (07/15/2013) [-]
I just wanna sing with a crab...
#234 to #230 - EdwardNigma (07/15/2013) [-]
But if you kill the whale you get to say rad **** .
And killing this guy would be fun.
User avatar #235 to #234 - thepandaking (07/15/2013) [-]
what about singing with a crab though?
User avatar #236 to #235 - thepandaking (07/15/2013) [-]
I think I overdid that. I'm tired. I should bed. bye.
#225 to #223 - screaming (07/15/2013) [-]
10/10 Was worth being interrupted by my mention in your comment.
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