Body Count

by wjw on September 27, 2017

I’ve been watching the Ken Burns documentary on Vietnam, and trying not to be completely overcome by shell shock.  I lived through the era, but now seeing twelve or more years of folly and slaughter condensed into 10 episodes of television, is something like having 10 bad acid flashbacks in a row while being repeatedly walloped by a baseball bat.

I keep having to remind myself that things have got better in the years since.  We may still be involved in endless war, but we’re not spending nearly as much of our blood.

My previous documentary was Soviet Storm, a Russian history of the Eastern Front in World War II, released in Russia in 2011.

Comparisons are inevitable.  I wonder what the U.S. would do if we suffered 1.2 million casualties in a single campaign, as the Soviets did in Ukraine in 1941.

At least their war had a happy ending.

bkd69 September 28, 2017 at 7:02 am

One would like to think their war had a happy ending, but then RT started publishing articles attacking antifa, resulting in earthquakes in Stalingrad due to veterans’ gravespin.

Philip Koop September 28, 2017 at 6:20 pm

The war on the Eastern front was fought on a scale almost inconceivably vast to us today, especially considering the smaller underlying populations compared to contemporary America. But what really astonishes is the number of casualties the Soviets were prepared to accept to achieve victory. Compare the Soviet losses to the Nazis’ at Kursk:

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