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RE: Attack on the USSR - 12/2/2005 4:32:32 PM   
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I was (partially) kidding about lunacy being coded.


I know.....but you are still a popcorn hog

I agree there are things in the game that could stand improving. (what wargame doesn't in at least one's opinion) however i would choose to agree to disagree with the statement that the game is "not at all historical" On the contrary I find overall that the game gives a very historical feel when players dont' go overboard with the detailed control they have over their side's forces.


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RE: Attack on the USSR - 12/2/2005 4:57:35 PM   
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I know.....but you are still a popcorn hog


OT: i'm trying the popcorn diet. A friend of mine lost thirty pounds on it, though it did cost him over $3000 in going to the movies!

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RE: Attack on the USSR - 12/2/2005 4:59:49 PM   
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On the contrary I find overall that the game gives a very historical feel when players dont' go overboard with the detailed control they have over their side's forces.


But that's problem. You're fighting human nature.

In an AI game, you can (mostly) play historically, and get a (mostly) historical result.

But let's face it, PBEM can be -very- competitive, particulary in your first PBEM games. The more I've played, the less I am with actually concerned with WINNING, and more of simply giving my opponents a good game, and enjoying it myself. I have more important things to expend my blood pressure on.

But all us are greatly tempted to do anything they can get away with (and we can get away with quite a lot!), in order to win (or even just gain an edge). H_ll, every turn I get, I'm tempted to look for that edge, and that's part of what makes PBEM fun - the unpredictability.

It's complicated by the fact that we all obviously have very differnet opinions of what was historically possible. Nik, you indicated that you believe that that between Germany and Japan, that Russia would capituate. Fine. To you then, a Japanese win in WitP ove Russia -is- historical. I on the other hand, believe that Germany signed their death-warrent on June 22, 1941; with or without Japan's help. For me, Japan attacking Russia in WitP is lunacy. Here you would say that WitP is "historcal". I say "Yeah... Right..."

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RE: Attack on the USSR - 12/2/2005 5:07:57 PM   
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you indicated that you believe that that between Germany and Japan, that Russia would capituate. Fine


Actually, i never said that. I said that it was possible in 41/42 that if Stalin's Far Eastern forces were not what they appeared to be and if Japan's "attack" on Siberia was pressed home and managed to succeed, that Stalin would most likely fall back and bide time vs. try to reinforce and push the Japanese out. Germany and their threat to European Russia were far more dangerous to Russia's survival than anything going on in the 'a$$ end' of their country which by and large was undeveloped wilderness and snow.

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But let's face it, PBEM can be -very- competitive, particulary in your first PBEM games.


True....but thats the price you pay for getting a wargame that gives players so much detail control....a grigsby trademark and one i'm grateful for. It does however require you, if you want a historical type 'game' to seek out players with a similar mindset. I've managed to do so with my PBEM partners....our games are very enjoyable for the most part and historically plausible.

If you partner with a "Lunancy" type PBEM'er "anything goes" type player...expect to get a wargame that feels more like a game than a wargame. I've yet to come across any wargame that cant be "gamed" in one way or another.

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RE: Attack on the USSR - 12/2/2005 5:46:02 PM   
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I can't wait for the War in Rusia game thread to open.

Some will argue that even should Moscow, Leningrad, Stalengrad all fall will massive numbers of russian troops captured it won't matter. Russia will fight to the death.

I'm curious. If the war in Russia game allows for the possibility of German victory, how many players will declare it by definition non-historical and or non-accurate?

For my part every time I read of this conflict I can't help feel that the suffering of the russians was so extreme and their resistance so amasing that it could not be repeated. I place it in the same catagory as a Midway battle. (ie if we fought that battle 100 times how often would we have won.)
If the war in Russia could be fought 100 times what would be the range of results. I don't believe it is 100% Russian victory.

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RE: Attack on the USSR - 12/2/2005 5:52:57 PM   
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Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is a war room!

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RE: Attack on the USSR - 12/2/2005 5:55:28 PM   
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Some will argue that even should Moscow, Leningrad, Stalengrad all fall will massive numbers of russian troops captured it won't matter. Russia will fight to the death.


Win, lose or draw; given the Nazis' racial ideas, it WAS a fight to the death for the Russian People.

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RE: Attack on the USSR - 12/2/2005 5:55:45 PM   
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One note to this arguement. The Historical results are based on Stalin's having done virtually EVERYTHING wrong. From failing to believe reports that the German's were massing for an attack to putting the great bulk of his forces forward along the border to having shot his officer corps to insisting on counterattacks to....... So if we are going to look at POSSIBILITIES, haw about a more prepared and better commanded Red Army deployed primarily back along the "Stalin Line" with the STAVKA being run by soldiers rather than Stalin's demands. If we are going to postulate one maniacal dictator not making a series of bungling mistakes, why not both?

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RE: Attack on the USSR - 12/2/2005 6:00:42 PM   
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Having read Alan Clarke's Barbarossa, I feel that most people don't realize just how close the Soviet Union came to losing the war in 41. I do not subscribe to the "Germany lost as soon as it stepped foot on Russian soil" theory. No nation can suffer the reverses that Russia did and not teeter on the brink.

It is true that the Russian winter combined with German faults in logistical planning made them fall short of their goals but tempered against this is the simple fact the Russian winter counter-attack failed in it's ultimate goal of destroying Army Group Center as well. the counter-offensive also represented Russia's last gasp in terms of effective offensive action. (for the time being) They succeeded in hurting the Germans and pushing them back but by late winter 42, the Siberian reserves used were themselves cadres burned out by the fighting. Added to the Kharkov disaster that followed the Red Army remained battered, bruised and still needing to learn the lessons of operational warfare in the modern century.

Given time, Russia's vast manpower reserves could address the losses but the gears of industrial production would take far longer to make up for the material losses and even then only by ruthlessly restricting production varients (and focusing on tanks)

Given this situation, thats why i believe that any Japanese action in Siberia would be treated conservatively. Russia could in the end, afford to trade space for time here. Time has almost always been the friend of Russia. Too many calamities either all at once or in quick succession however would bring down even the beast of the East. Remember the collapse in WWI.




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RE: Attack on the USSR - 12/2/2005 6:13:44 PM   
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If the war in Russia game allows for the possibility of German victory


You get into the debate of how they define "victory", and what is the justification for it.

My defination of "victory" should be, given that the simulation is historical, if you do better than your historical counterparts, then you should "win". But if the simulation, well isn't, and that the yard-stick of "did I do better than history", is pointless.

For me, if WiR is an accurate historical simulation, then if the German player were exceed the over-all gains of his historical counterparts, he would win. Maybe he doesn't caputure Moscow or Leningrad. But maybe he rolls to Urals (or whatever). If the game is an accurate simulation, and he has accomplished more than his historical counterparts, he wins.

I can also buy the point that, so are less concerned with historical accuracy, and really do want to explore some of the more (IMO) outlandish situations. Maybe there's a scenario where Patton stages a coup, takes over military, marches past the Elbe, and leads the charge with the remaining German forces into Russia. At that point, the historical yard-stick is pointless, because it's absurd to begin with. Despite my reaction, even I would still find it an amusing scenario to play. Just don't call it a historical possability. If the game allows for those outlandish possabilities, the victory conditions SHOULD take those possabilities into account fairly, and victory conditions should be written accordingly.

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RE: Attack on the USSR - 12/2/2005 6:25:08 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Mike Scholl

One note to this arguement. The Historical results are based on Stalin's having done virtually EVERYTHING wrong. From failing to believe reports that the German's were massing for an attack to putting the great bulk of his forces forward along the border to having shot his officer corps to insisting on counterattacks to....... So if we are going to look at POSSIBILITIES, haw about a more prepared and better commanded Red Army deployed primarily back along the "Stalin Line" with the STAVKA being run by soldiers rather than Stalin's demands. If we are going to postulate one maniacal dictator not making a series of bungling mistakes, why not both?


I never argue that Germany should win nor that Japan should win in Russia. I simply accept that some possibility existed. Just because Russia didn't collapse doesn't means that it couldn't have. I would also accept some possibility that Russia might do much better then historical. Is it possible for the initial German attack to be botched and perhaps Russia holds at Smolesk?

In fact I have consistantly argued that it should be much much more difficult for Japan to conquer Russia in the game.

But we have an excellent example of the perfect being the enemy of the good. We fail to achieve agreement on making Russia difficult to conquer, due to disagreement by those who believe it should be impossible. So instead the invasion of Russia remains a snap for Japan.

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RE: Attack on the USSR - 12/2/2005 6:33:03 PM   
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Just to note too....the "Stalin Line" was never finished and was largely incomplete.

However a valid 'what if' scenario that would be quite interesting would be "what if" the Russians had not moved foward the bulk of their army to their new "border" with Germany after Poland's dismemberment?

There would still be the issues of incompentant leadership due to the purges, poor mechanical state of the RKKA naturally, but it might have helped to temper the losses some.

One must remember the abysmal performance of the Red Army in Finland was not that far into the past. changes were beginning to be made to correct the worst deficincies but there was still much left to be done by summer 41.

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RE: Attack on the USSR - 12/2/2005 6:37:18 PM   
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Time has almost always been the friend of Russia. Too many calamities either all at once or in quick succession however would bring down even the beast of the East. Remember the collapse in WWI.


Do you actually believe that the social, political, and industrial ingredients of Stalin's Soviet Union in 1941, were that similar to the end of Tsarist Russia?

(* shrug *)

To each his own interpretation I suppose.

Obviously your opinion of what was historically possible, is very different than mine. You can quote. I can quote. In the end, it's just words on the internet.

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RE: Attack on the USSR - 12/2/2005 6:59:27 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Feinder

Do you actually believe that the social, political, and industrial ingredients of Stalin's Soviet Union in 1941, were that similar to the end of Tsarist Russia?


The question I would ask is:

Has there ever been a nation under equal or greater pressure then Russia was under, that did not collapse. In terms of casualties or hardship to the population I cannot think of an example that comes close.

Germany and Japan's population were under similar pressures for short periods of time and collapsed. WWI Russia and Germany were both under significantly less pressure and both collapsed.

Why is it hard to accept the mere possibity that the Russian army and society might simply break at some point.

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RE: Attack on the USSR - 12/2/2005 7:07:56 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Feinder

Do you actually believe that the social, political, and industrial ingredients of Stalin's Soviet Union in 1941, were that similar to the end of Tsarist Russia?


No. I cited 1917 as an example that if enough calamities strike home, even a giant like Russia can be defeated. Stalin's grip on Russia was admitedly much tighter than was the Czar's in 41, however since the fall of Moscow has been mentioned, and since Stalin did declare that he would not evac Moscow should the Germans come, its not out of the realm of realism to postulate that the Communist regime might have either fallen or at least gotten shaken up enough to try to seek an armistice of some kind.

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Obviously your opinion of what was historically possible, is very different than mine. You can quote. I can quote. In the end, it's just words on the internet.
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True. I'm only giving an opinion. People can take it or disregard it as they choose. I do prefer positive and informative discussion over implied dismisal. But thats just my personal preference.

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RE: Attack on the USSR - 12/2/2005 7:32:54 PM   
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FWIW, Tsarist Russia was already on the brink of civil war in 1914. You could probably argue that in contemporary standards, there already was a civil war going on. In WW1, the Soviet people were dragged into an offensive war, that they didn't want to be involved with in the first place. Their politcal leadership own grasp of power was weakening every day. It probably didn't even need to be involved in WW1 for it to collapse (debatable).

In WW2, the Soviet poeple were dragged into WW2 because there were Panzers rolling thru their font yards. They were DEFENDING their homes, and trying keep their wives and daughters from being raped. They were lead by a man who had absolute, unquestioning power. It was HIS police. HIS military. HIS country. His control was well established, and growing.

Do I think Soviet Russia could have capitulated? I suppose SOMEHOW, it could have. But not because Germany was within 20 miles of Moscow. Not because Germany actually captures Moscow (which is what many folks seem to think is the lynch-pin). Marching an army into the Urals or Siberia isn't going to cut it.

Lemme think. What does it take to defeat Russia, in WW2? You'd have to get rid of Stalin for starters. Moscow is far less important the HE actually is. But Stalin still has 10 bodies (living or dead) to throw at the Germans (or Japan), there is no surrender.

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RE: Attack on the USSR - 12/2/2005 7:36:03 PM   
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Well whaddya know. We at least agree that the removal of Stalin is necessary for Soviet capitulation in WW2...

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RE: Attack on the USSR - 12/2/2005 7:38:05 PM   
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The defense of Moscow and the repulse of the German Army stiffened the resolve of the Soviets. What is unknown in all of this is what would have happened to Stalin if Moscow had fallen. I have read accounts that the government was in disarray and was evacuating Moscow as the Germans initially approached. Would its fall have embolden other party officials/Generals to put a bullet in Stalin's head? Would this have caused other splits that would have further weakened the USSR? I think that was a possibility, but we will never know for sure.

I like to consider plausible alternatives such as Moscow falling, rather than Nazi scientist invent ray guns to shoot down B17s etc.

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RE: Attack on the USSR - 12/2/2005 7:39:56 PM   
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FWIW, Tsarist Russia was already on the brink of civil war in 1914


Not quite. There was unrest, but no brink of civil war. It took several years of wars and a string of defeats and shortages to tip the balance.

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They were DEFENDING their homes, and trying keep their wives and daughters from being raped. They were lead by a man who had absolute, unquestioning power. It was HIS police. HIS military. HIS country. His control was well established, and growing.



Initially, many of these same people, particularily in Ukraine and in the recently aquired baltic provinces welcomed the Germans as liberators. It was only after the Gestapo and SS moved in and started terrorizing, killing and displacing people that attitudes began to harden and the "mother Russia" theme began to show through, played up by this time by Stalin.

Stalin's control was weakened during the intial German advances and he was so rattled at one point that he was quoted as stating that Allied or American troops would be welcome on Soviet soil.


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RE: Attack on the USSR - 12/2/2005 7:44:54 PM   
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I understand what Feinder is saying concering an invader, but we have seen other countries capitulate or put up a weak fight. The Chinese were treated very poorly and Chiang would have lost his life if captured, yet he ran that war as if he did not want to win. He had other war lords and the communists to deal with so he fought the war in not to lose mode.

If the leadership could have been changed the Germans had a chance. The best opportunity was the fall/winter of 41 and the fall of Moscow.

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RE: Attack on the USSR - 12/2/2005 7:57:50 PM   
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Armies have often collapsed despite the certain knowledge that defeat means death. Look at perhaps the entire history of ancient battles. At a certain level of casualties and destruction units just collapse and its every man for himself.

Stalin was not a superman and could have done nothing once units started to disolve or once the production system desended into anarchy.

Historically they held it together and won the war. Thats an historical fact. It doesn't mean that things could not have unfolded differently.

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RE: Attack on the USSR - 12/2/2005 8:09:01 PM   
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I agree with you completely, Stalin's army kept him in the game (so to speak). Baring more German mistakes his death/removal would have unglued the leadership and command control of Soviet forces. Or maybe another strongman would have risen in his place and we would have guerrila warfare continuing into the 60s aka Fatherland.
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Armies have often collapsed despite the certain knowledge that defeat means death. Look at perhaps the entire history of ancient battles. At a certain level of casualties and destruction units just collapse and its every man for himself.

Stalin was not a superman and could have done nothing once units started to disolve or once the production system desended into anarchy.

Historically they held it together and won the war. Thats an historical fact. It doesn't mean that things could not have unfolded differently.




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RE: Attack on the USSR - 12/2/2005 9:11:39 PM   
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I had a girlfriend, who liked to argue, just to argue.

You get to the point where it's the same-ol-sh_t, over and over. Nothing new is said. After a while, it just ends up as, "Could not! Could too!".

Believe it or not, sometimes "implied dismissal", or her case, dismissal altogether, -IS- the best option.

Either way, it's an interesting read of perspectives, even if I don't agree with them, or you with mine.

Cheers.
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RE: Attack on the USSR - 12/2/2005 9:19:21 PM   
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Agreed
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ORIGINAL: Feinder

I had a girlfriend, who liked to argue, just to argue.

You get to the point where it's the same-ol-sh_t, over and over. Nothing new is said. After a while, it just ends up as, "Could not! Could too!".

Believe it or not, sometimes "implied dismissal", or her case, dismissal altogether, -IS- the best option.

Either way, it's an interesting read of perspectives, even if I don't agree with them, or you with mine.

Cheers.
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RE: Attack on the USSR - 12/2/2005 9:28:43 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Feinder

Believe it or not, sometimes "implied dismissal", or her case, dismissal altogether, -IS- the best option.

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Just to clarify, I have no problem with someone disagreeing with me. The point of that comment was that you can disagree with someone and not write in such a way that it sounds like your opinion is a flight of fantasy. We have enough trolls around here for that. Thats all i'm saying.

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RE: Attack on the USSR - 12/2/2005 9:42:44 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Nikademus
Initially, many of these same people, particularily in Ukraine and in the recently aquired baltic provinces welcomed the Germans as liberators.


Anti-Soviet resistance held off in Baltic States until 1949 and in Ukraine until 1956.

Basically Stalin solved the problem by removing local population (whole villages and helmets) to Siberia (many died in the process) so partisans didn't have the base of operations, and settling in Russians.

Even now this is a source of problems for ethnic Russians in Baltic States as they are still considered "occupants" by locals. Not so much in Ukraine because Russians and Ukrainians culturally close, although Russians are disliked in former colonies in general.

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RE: Attack on the USSR - 12/2/2005 9:52:10 PM   
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One of the most facinating trips i ever took was with my high school friend to Lithuania to visit his cousin and her parents. Spent a week there, virtually a mute since only my friend's cousin spoke any English...learned a few words and gawked at all the church restorations going on with almost frantic energy. Also visted the famous Hill of Crosses. The Soviets would tear them down....and the local population would just keep rebuilding it till the Sov's just gave up.

perhaps a fitting analogy to the entire Communist regime. In the end you just can't crush the Human spirit.

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RE: Attack on the USSR - 12/2/2005 10:28:53 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Feinder

I had a girlfriend, who liked to argue, just to argue.

You get to the point where it's the same-ol-sh_t, over and over. Nothing new is said. After a while, it just ends up as, "Could not! Could too!".

Believe it or not, sometimes "implied dismissal", or her case, dismissal altogether, -IS- the best option.

Either way, it's an interesting read of perspectives, even if I don't agree with them, or you with mine.

Cheers.
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RE: Attack on the USSR - 12/2/2005 11:10:36 PM   
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You must have watched the TV Movie on John Paul the II last night.
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ORIGINAL: Nikademus

One of the most facinating trips i ever took was with my high school friend to Lithuania to visit his cousin and her parents. Spent a week there, virtually a mute since only my friend's cousin spoke any English...learned a few words and gawked at all the church restorations going on with almost frantic energy. Also visted the famous Hill of Crosses. The Soviets would tear them down....and the local population would just keep rebuilding it till the Sov's just gave up.

perhaps a fitting analogy to the entire Communist regime. In the end you just can't crush the Human spirit.



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RE: Attack on the USSR - 12/2/2005 11:33:45 PM   
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[singing]attACK ON THE U.S.S.R.!
Well the Ukraine girls really knock me out!
They leave the West behind.
And Moscow girls make me sing and shout -
That Georgia’s always on my mind.
attACK ON THE USSR![/singing]

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