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Ok, but what ever happened to that thread that Twitch started on your request? It didn't become an unwanted child, I hope. You are acting like a drug dealer: you first offer some and then keep the good stuff to yourself :p.
I'm not the only one that feels neglected, the other todlers are afraid to speak up.
 

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Both pensioned, both Croatians. I took the picture from a magazine called Military history (Vojna povijest). In this month issue they published a biography of the Ancien on the left. His honourable name is Ivan Roso retired as Président des sous-officiers de la Légion étrangère earlier this year after 37 years of service. The one on the right is Bruno Zorica, an Ancien and a retired officer of Croatian army. The picture was taken in Beirut, Ivan just arrived and Bruno was about to had back to France.
What is interesting in the article, is that his class was the first that had basic training in Castel.

On this photo Ivan got his new identity, he was Igor Rakovic from Belgrade (and they say LE has no sense of humor)
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link for those that are interested: http://vojnapovijest.vecernji.hr/broj-42-vp/ivan-roso-ja-u-legiji-stranaca-961052
There's a WW2 partizan from Zagreb that lives not too far away from me with the last name Rakovic. He was about 13 when he was rescued by the Partizans when his parents were killed by Ustase. He was telling me how him and a Russian lad at the end of WW2 when they captured German soldiers in Serbia, they would stand beside a column of german captured soldiers, either him or the Russian lad would hit each prisoner that walked by them with the butt end of their rifles, if the prisoner did not get up in time, they would execute him on the spot. Solid guy.
 

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There's a WW2 partizan from Zagreb that lives not too far away from me with the last name Rakovic. He was about 13 when he was rescued by the Partizans when his parents were killed by Ustase. He was telling me how him and a Russian lad at the end of WW2 when they captured German soldiers in Serbia, they would stand beside a column of german captured soldiers, either him or the Russian lad would hit each prisoner that walked by them with the butt end of their rifles, if the prisoner did not get up in time, they would execute him on the spot. Solid guy.
Solid guy or a war criminal? Yes both sides committed war crimes but as I lost a grandfather as a guest of the Russians, this one hits home. He starved to death in October of 1947.
 

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Solid guy or a war criminal? Yes both sides committed war crimes but as I lost a grandfather as a guest of the Russians, this one hits home. He starved to death in October of 1947.
He is a good person, I have known him for a long time, since arriving here. Both him and the Russian had their families slaughtered, one by the Ustase regime the other by the Nazis. He said they didn't give a fvuck since they had no one to live for. In the end the Russian died and he went off to military school after the war, got married, moved to Canada got into real-estate in the 60s and is now retired with a few million in the bank. Sorry about your lose Steve.
 

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He is a good person, I have known him for a long time, since arriving here. Both him and the Russian had their families slaughtered, one by the Ustase regime the other by the Nazis. He said they didn't give a fvuck since they had no one to live for. In the end the Russian died and he went off to military school after the war, got married, moved to Canada got into real-estate in the 60s and is now retired with a few million in the bank. Sorry about your lose Steve.
Sasa, thank you. I hope I didn't sound too judgemental, thankfully none of us has had to experience what these gentlemen had to endure during the second world war, especially with the brutality of the Eastern front. I'm happy for this man that he was able to put the war behind him, raise a family and become a successful businessman, not bad for a simple grunt. After what he lived through, he deserves our respect and thanks, after all, he was only fighting for his homeland against an evil government that had to be stopped.

While most of my family were fighting for the Fatherland, the government in power had to be defeated.

Please pass on my best to this veteran.

Steve

P.S. I also had family fighting on the Allied side. A D-day dodger.
 
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Sasa:

Thank you. I hope I didn't sound too judgemental, thankfully none of us has had to experience what these gentlemen had to endure during the second world war, especially with the brutality of the Eastern front. I'm happy for this man that he was able to put the war behind him, raise a family and become a successful businessman, not bad for a simple grunt. After what he lived through, he deserves our respect and thanks, after all, he was only fighting for his homeland against an evil government that had to be stopped.

While most of my family were fighting for the Fatherland, the government in power had to be defeated.

Please pass on my best to this veteran.

Steve

P.S. I also had family fighting on the Allied side. A D-day dodger.
The ironic thing is he was a huge believer in socialism, all for the communist party and Tito. Came to Canada saw that he could make more in capitalism then in socialism and turned into the biggest capitalist and anti socialist.
 

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The world is not black & white. So many stories, so many destinies, understandable only from a personal individual level. Here, few are the families that didn't have members on all sides in WW2. Not all Partizans were communists (or heroes for that matter), not all that wore black are bad guys.
Said period, burden of that heritage is used before every election here. Pits with dead bodies from different conflicts are numerous, and politicians are having a tennis match with them each time it is convenient. Dead on all sides should rest in peace, God will decide of our final destination based on what we did in this life.
 

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