Germans in the Woods

Submitted by: crackyhoss 6 years ago Misc

A short animation narrated by a veteran"s recount of a WWII experience.
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Male 1,834
sad
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Male 1,598
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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Male 9,306
"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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Male 12
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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Male 12
Seriously : WTF !

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Male 1,766
@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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Male 1,766
I thought it was one of those cartoons that i would laugh at. I was wrong...
*adds to favorites
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Male 1,021
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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Male 51
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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Male 2,422
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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Male 313
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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Male 349
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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Male 886
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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Male 1,256
Powerful stuff.
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Male 670
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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Female 9,402
That was sad.
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Male 2,893
Wow.
That was pretty interesting.
THANKS IAB!!!! I`M NOT BORED ANYMORE!!!!
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.
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Female 3,001
this is so sad :(
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Male 394
Silly hipsters.
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Female 857
Poor Joseph living with that memory all those years.
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Male 1,815
drating Kraut would`ve killed him
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Male 3,631
See - Nazi`s are people too.
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Male 5,608
"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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Female 547
Some of us forgot killing does not come to us naturally, even if it is an enemy
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Male 4,547
"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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Male 2,424
"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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Male 12,138
[quote]that was really pooty drawing/animation. why does it have a 4.0 rating?[/quote]
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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Male 770
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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Male 310
@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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Male 373
"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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Male 422
@genericuser

Please go find the nearest cliff and jump off of it.
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Male 1,598
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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Female 317
that was really pooty drawing/animation. why does it have a 4.0 rating?
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Male 422
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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Male 422
@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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Male 251
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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Male 25,416
That was odd, war makes terrible men of us all!
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Male 313
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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Female 200
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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Male 240
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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Male 1,442
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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Male 541
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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Male 1,081
T^T
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Male 9,306
You`re human.

Not a machine.
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Male 511
It`s so sad that the generation that fought in WWII is almost dying out
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Male 89
Wow, not what I was expecting. That was really moving. I think "ajmullan" said it best.
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Male 1,931
One would think humanity would learn that war, regardless of the trivial reason, is never the answer.
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Male 105
Two casualties of war in this story.
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Male 295
Wow. Really touching. Whatever way you look at it, war always brings suffering to both sides.
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Male 1,452
one of the most poignant things on IAB, keep it up!
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Male 254
Link: Germans in the Woods [Rate Link] - A short animation narrated by a veteran`s recount of a WWII experience.
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