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Date: 10/05/10 04:30 PM

51 Responses to Germans in the Woods

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    crackyhoss Male 18-29
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    October 5, 2010 at 4:25 pm
    Link: Germans in the Woods - A short animation narrated by a veteran`s recount of a WWII experience.
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    vorpalsword Male 18-29
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    October 5, 2010 at 4:35 pm
    one of the most poignant things on IAB, keep it up!
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    comrade_b Male 18-29
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    October 5, 2010 at 4:36 pm
    Wow. Really touching. Whatever way you look at it, war always brings suffering to both sides.
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    ajmullan Male 18-29
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    October 5, 2010 at 4:39 pm
    Two casualties of war in this story.
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    ggolbez Male 18-29
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    October 5, 2010 at 4:40 pm
    One would think humanity would learn that war, regardless of the trivial reason, is never the answer.
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    jhendrix Male 30-39
    89 posts
    October 5, 2010 at 4:51 pm
    Wow, not what I was expecting. That was really moving. I think "ajmullan" said it best.
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    Trojan Male 18-29
    511 posts
    October 5, 2010 at 4:57 pm
    It`s so sad that the generation that fought in WWII is almost dying out
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    Nidonemo Male 18-29
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    October 5, 2010 at 5:07 pm
    You`re human.

    Not a machine.
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    MrYouKnow Male 13-17
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    October 5, 2010 at 5:13 pm
    T^T
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    MonoBrow Male 18-29
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    October 5, 2010 at 5:18 pm
    kind of funny how this was the saddest memory of his life... but if he didn`t do it, it`d be the last memory of his life.
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    Evil_Eye Male 18-29
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    October 5, 2010 at 5:19 pm
    He should kill more people. People who kill few generally feel guilt and are haunted by the memory. People who kill an uncountable amount of people close off their mind to it and go numb.

    At least that is what I theorize from different stories soldiers tell...
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    tylertooo Male 40-49
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    October 5, 2010 at 5:31 pm
    Wow, so war sucks huh? 7000 or so years of civilization and we still haven`t learned this. Of course, none of the preceding is meant to minimize the trauma this man obviously suffered...
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    crashgirl88 Female 18-29
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    October 5, 2010 at 5:59 pm
    That made me cry. I guess because I have people in my family who are like this. A lot of soldiers suffer silently without people realizing.
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    tridirk Male 50-59
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    October 5, 2010 at 6:04 pm
    The words of an American Soldier stationed in Belgium or Luxemborg. Words from a nice man with a heart and values.

    Salute
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    October 5, 2010 at 6:25 pm
    That was odd, war makes terrible men of us all!
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    Slotherder Male 30-39
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    October 5, 2010 at 6:29 pm
    I have only heard my grandfather talk about his experiences in WWII once. My parents said that is they only time they have heard him talk about it as well. As far as we know, it may be the only time he has talked about it openly. The day he talked about most likely wasn`t the worst that he experienced, yet it is still hard for me to imagine what it must have really been like, even with his detailed recollection. I can`t fathom a guess as to what else he experienced that he has not spoken of. I also have a Manila souvenir ring from my other grandfather who has passed. Each time I look at it I wonder about the story behind it, and all the other untold stories.
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    Lblaxplaya20 Male 18-29
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    October 5, 2010 at 6:55 pm
    @tylertooo

    Of course we have learned this. It`s just that there is always a tyrant who says that he is helping his people, in some cases he may he, but no matter how hard humanity tries, there will always be war and young men dying because of the words of an old politician. I understand this more than most because everyone in my immediate family is either active, reserve, or retired military. Soon I will also be in the military as I have been accepted by the Naval Academy and plan to go. My family has been extremely lucky considering the amount of tours of duty they have been on, but we still lost my uncle during Vietnam so we are no strangers to calsualties.

    On a lighter note, I think there were some hardcore run-ons in that paragraph.
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    Lblaxplaya20 Male 18-29
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    October 5, 2010 at 7:01 pm
    And hoorah to our boys (and girls) in Afghanistan. My brother is going on his second duty there after just hearing about 4 of his friends dying in that awful helicopter crash. He was a roomate to 2 of the Navy seals and good friends with the other two as well.
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    genericuser Female 18-29
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    October 5, 2010 at 7:24 pm
    that was really pooty drawing/animation. why does it have a 4.0 rating?
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    D3rAnG3d Male 18-29
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    October 5, 2010 at 7:37 pm
    It`s good to see soldiers who understand the value of a human life. He did what he had to do in order to survive that encounter, however he knows what he did was wrong. He isn`t demented or brainwashed like some people in the military to believe that there is nothing wrong with killing another.
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    Lblaxplaya20 Male 18-29
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    October 5, 2010 at 7:37 pm
    @genericuser

    Please go find the nearest cliff and jump off of it.
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    Ando Male 13-17
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    October 5, 2010 at 7:59 pm
    "that was really pooty drawing/animation. why does it have a 4.0 rating?"
    the animation is based on a true story of a veteran.
    not vise versa
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    whocares3725 Male 18-29
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    October 5, 2010 at 8:00 pm
    @genericuser Here`s a coloring book with a lot of bright pictures. Maybe this will be better suited for you, for multiple reasons.
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    inversegrav Male 30-39
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    October 5, 2010 at 8:43 pm
    D3rAnG3d:
    I have known several retired soldiers (Including direct family members) who have served. Not a single one of them was brainwashed in a maner like what you seem to think is normal.
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    davymid Male 30-39
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    October 5, 2010 at 8:54 pm
    that was really pooty drawing/animation. why does it have a 4.0 rating?
    My dear, I fear the entire point of this post may have just roared over your head like a squadron of low-flying F-16s.
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    RoboPatton Male 30-39
    2424 posts
    October 5, 2010 at 9:28 pm
    "There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but boys, it is all hell."

    -William Tecumseh Sherman
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    Baalthazaq Male 18-29
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    October 5, 2010 at 9:30 pm
    "that was really pooty drawing/animation. why does it have a 4.0 rating?"

    Because people who`d rate it lower based on the "pooty drawing" are off distracted by something shiny.
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    MrsPoods Female 18-29
    547 posts
    October 5, 2010 at 9:33 pm
    Some of us forgot killing does not come to us naturally, even if it is an enemy
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    CodeJockey Male 40-49
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    October 5, 2010 at 10:40 pm
    "Some of us forgot killing does not come to us naturally, even if it is an enemy"
    If you haven`t seen, try "Men Who Stare at Goats."
    While the movie is a comedy, 100% Bill Django`s back story is based on a real person. So was the general/the opening scene: "I`m going into the next room..."
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    Suicism Male 18-29
    3625 posts
    October 5, 2010 at 11:14 pm
    See - Nazi`s are people too.
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    Crucible Male 18-29
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    October 6, 2010 at 12:28 am
    drating Kraut would`ve killed him
  32. Profile photo of Pandabee
    Pandabee Female 40-49
    857 posts
    October 6, 2010 at 1:44 am
    Poor Joseph living with that memory all those years.
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    yarrrpirate Male 18-29
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    October 6, 2010 at 2:41 am
    Silly hipsters.
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    ruthless1990 Female 18-29
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    October 6, 2010 at 4:25 am
    this is so sad :(
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    GuardinGnome Male 18-29
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    October 6, 2010 at 5:12 am
    Wow.
    That was pretty interesting.
    THANKS IAB!!!! I`M NOT BORED ANYMORE!!!!
    MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.
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    panth753 Female 18-29
    9240 posts
    October 6, 2010 at 8:00 am
    That was sad.
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    420foy Male 18-29
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    October 6, 2010 at 9:43 am
    if he woulve let that german kid shoot him, you think that kid would be all drated up over shooting a guy? probably not
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    Skabashas Male 18-29
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    October 6, 2010 at 10:24 am
    Powerful stuff.
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    GhettoNinja Male 30-39
    886 posts
    October 6, 2010 at 11:51 am
    You never know. It very well may have haunted that young man in the same way.

    Death haunts us all in some manner or another.
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    Oscola Male 18-29
    349 posts
    October 6, 2010 at 12:42 pm
    That`s probably the shortest clip I`ve seen that moved my like that.

    @ 420foy, you ignorant mf, people are just people, regardless of race, colour or creed.
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    WRNKLDTITFUZ Male 18-29
    313 posts
    October 6, 2010 at 1:01 pm
    That`s sad but this guy doesn`t have it nearly as bad as many US soldiers overseas. I`ve heard stories of children with guns that they had no choice but to shoot in defense.
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    xiquiripat Male 18-29
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    October 6, 2010 at 1:17 pm
    Anyone who`s interested should read On Killing by Lt. Colonel (ret) Dave Grossman. It looks at how soldiers have an avoidance to killing that needs to be overcome through training and why some groups of soldiers have much higher rates of PSTD than others due to psychological distance. For instance, regular infantrymen, such as the person in the video, usually have high rates of PSTD even though they typically haven`t killed a lot of people. Whereas fighter pilots, officers, and even medics have lower rates of PTSD. In the former group even if they`ve killed lots of people (look at the kill rate of WWII aces to see how many that is) technology allows them to rationalize it as just a plane. On the flip side, officers and medics, even if they share the same combat experiences as infantrymen and have seen horrible things, are not generally required to shoot at anybody. It`s not their job. The book is worth a read.
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    Maps Male 18-29
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    October 6, 2010 at 2:23 pm
    I feel like that little animation really cheapened his story. I am prepared for the backlash that this comment will bring.
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    fivezones Male 40-49
    1021 posts
    October 6, 2010 at 9:21 pm
    If I shot the kid, I would always wonder if he was really pulling his gun up to fire at me, or just trying to raise his hands to surrender. Maybe if there is an afterlife, now the two of them can make ammends.
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    patthebaker Male 18-29
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    October 6, 2010 at 10:41 pm
    I thought it was one of those cartoons that i would laugh at. I was wrong...
    *adds to favorites
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    patthebaker Male 18-29
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    October 6, 2010 at 10:48 pm
    @maps- valid point, but think of it like this. How many more people watched it because it`s a cartoon on the internet?
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    twiiistCH Male 18-29
    12 posts
    October 7, 2010 at 2:13 am
    Seriously : WTF !

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    twiiistCH Male 18-29
    12 posts
    October 7, 2010 at 2:17 am
    XXX : 20 year`s ago I was a waiting in the toilet hoping for a big surprise...I waited and waited...and the poop come out! It was like an angel...

    To this day I still cry on what happend that night..(cries)

    Seriously : WTF !
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    Nidonemo Male 18-29
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    October 7, 2010 at 7:50 am
    "Because people who`d rate it lower based on the "pooty drawing" are off distracted by something shiny. "

    Crap that`s half the userbase...
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    D3rAnG3d Male 18-29
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    October 10, 2010 at 3:37 pm
    inversegrav:

    There is a reason I used the word "some". As in a portion of the whole. Please read before you accuse me of feeling a particular way about something.
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    ROK9 Male 18-29
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    October 10, 2010 at 6:10 pm
    sad

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