Russian Soldiers Dancing Like Crazy Ivans

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Russian soldiers in World War Two uniforms prepare to march through Red Square
(photo courtesy Financial Times)
“Must be drunk, Herr Oberleutnant. They’re dancing around like lunatics.”

While retreating through Rumania in World War Two, sentries for a German unit notice something very odd going on in a nearby village occupied by Russian troops. For reasons unknown, the Russian soldiers suddenly begin to dance around like fools. German troops, peeking out of their foxholes, start laughing as the Russian troops in the distance run around like they are mad, jump up and down, roll on the ground, swat themselves all over.

Most of the Russians begin shouting so loudly the sound carries as far as the German line and the German troops double up with laughter. Incredibly, the Russian soldiers manning the defense perimeter along the side of the village facing the Germans, jump out of their foxholes, shrieking, and waving their arms in the air. Are the Russians drunk the Germans wonder?

All of a sudden,

…a bunch of Russians are running directly toward us, as if they are being chased by the very devil. As they’re running they’re flapping their arms all about, as if trying to fly.

The German soldier witnessing this event is just about to open fire with his machine gun when his officer tells him to hold fire because the Russians are unarmed.

The Ivans run madly through the German lines, leaping over German foxholes while flapping their arms and shrieking. A swarm of mad bees had attacked the Russian soldiers and stung them so many times they would do anything to get away, even throwing down their firearms and running in the direction of the German line.

(Source: Blood Red Snow: the Memoirs of a German Soldier On the Eastern Front by Gunther K Koschorrek)

 

Russian soldiers dressed in Red Army World War II uniforms prepare to parade in Red Square in front of a backdrop of St. Basil Cathedral in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. Thousands of Russian soldiers and military cadets marched across Red Square to mark the 72nd anniversary of a historic World War II parade. The show honored the participants of the Nov. 7, 1941 parade who headed directly to the front lines to defend Moscow from the Nazi forces. The parade Thursday involved about 6,000 people, many of them dressed in World War II-era uniforms. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Russian soldiers dressed in Red Army World War II uniforms prepare to parade in Red Square in front of a backdrop of St. Basil Cathedral in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. Thousands of Russian soldiers and military cadets marched across Red Square to mark the 72nd anniversary of a historic World War II parade. The show honored the participants of the Nov. 7, 1941 parade who headed directly to the front lines to defend Moscow from the Nazi forces. The parade Thursday involved about 6,000 people, many of them dressed in World War II-era uniforms. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

(Courtesy of London Financial Times)

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This Looks Very Cold

German Armed Forces

(What Is Left of Them After Savage Budget Cuts)

Perform Arctic Training

 

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NATO exercise: COLD RESPONSE

11 March 2014

16,000 soldiers from 16 nations practice combat operations in a multinational framework under arctic conditions. Pictured: A light transport helicopter Bell UH-1D of the transport helicopter regiment 30 lands as part of a training flight in the fjords on a snow surface. The whirling snow (White Out) is feared because he takes the point of view of the crew. (Photo courtesy of © Bundeswehr / Vennemann)

 

 

 

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NATO exercise: COLD RESPONSE 9 March 2014

16,000 soldiers from 16 nations practice combat operations in a multinational framework under arctic conditions. Pictured: A Fernspäher  (elite long distance recon and surveillance commando) equipped with LUCIE, G36, AG 36, secures his comrades during the pre-training in northern Norway.
(Photo courtesy of © Bundeswehr / Burow )

 

 

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NATO exercise: COLD RESPONSE 11 March 2014

German Alpine Troops, descended from the famous Gebirgsjaeger  of World War Two, from put on their Winter kit.  (Photo courtesy of © Bundeswehr / Burow)

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NATO exercise: COLD RESPONSE 9 March 2014

German Alpine Troops, descended from the famous Gebirgsjaeger  of World War Two, prepare to “mount up” on their snowmobiles.  (Photo courtesy of © Bundeswehr / Burow)