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freyir_33
03-11-2009, 06:39 PM
I just found this on the site, makes me wonder if not some of the officers on this site should crosscheck his own sources before they start to pick on me for using yellow pages journalism, this could be taken straight of an issue of Signal*

I must admit that I have read that some Wehrmacht companies used children as mascots in WW2, but an assumption like this is ridiculous.

http://www.ww2incolor.com/soviet-union/ruskid.html

Egorka
03-11-2009, 07:04 PM
I do not know story of that particular photograph.
In general mascots, or in Russian "Сын полка" (Regiments son), were relatively spread.
Usually boys would be adopted when so many children missed their families. Their role was not ment for fighting and the first line troops, IIRC, did not have them much, they normally would do something like bringing letters around and such. But I think occasionally they did some shooting too.

This is photo of my grandmother's unit with their Regiment Son:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3186/3023983501_d41a3a26d8_m.jpg
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3186/3023983501_c370ac372f_o.jpg)

And here is my grandfather mentions Regiment Son in his unit (http://www.ww2incolor.com/forum/showthread.php?p=127872#post127872):
The celebration of 1st of May ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Workers%27_Day ) approached. Major Pehota, who as I mentioned was our "zampolit" ( remark: Commander's deputy for political work Ė not to be confused with "Commissar" ), was very busy with the preparations. Knowing that I was a student before the war he offered me the opportunity to join his orderly, Buriak, in making a newspaper poster dedicated to the celebration. Buriak was a boy aged about 14 or 15 and was regarded as our "regimentís son" [remark: "regimentís sons" were usually orphans picked up by the regiments on their campaigns. Hence the name "regimentís son" indicating that a child had been adopted by the regiment]. He wore a uniform and was always "sticking his nose in everywhere", hanging around the newcomers, reading aloud from the newspapers distributed by Sovinformbureau ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soviet_Information_Bureau ). Together we began the work. I was responsible for the design and layout and Buriak for the content Ė for which he went around the platoons collecting material. I remember how our zampolit Pehota criticised me because a German tank with swastika drawn by me did not look as though it had been disabled. I had to redraw it more vividly. This time he was pleased. The tank was depicted with a fractured gun barrel, a huge gaping hole in the side and a broken track. Our tanks were rushing forward belching fire and smoke.

flamethrowerguy
03-11-2009, 07:26 PM
I just found this on the site, makes me wonder if not some of the officers on this site should crosscheck his own sources before they start to pick on me for using yellow pages journalism, this could be taken straight of an issue of Signal*

I must admit that I have read that some Wehrmacht companies used children as mascots in WW2, but an assumption like this is ridiculous.

http://www.ww2incolor.com/soviet-union/ruskid.html

:lol:Your compassion for a fellow troll well-known on the picture site is more than touchy.
So is your pathetic way of continuing debates after you ran out of arguments, like starting this thread.
If you feel like having a problem with a moderator or any other user, take it to the staff.

Chevan
03-12-2009, 01:31 AM
I must admit that I have read that some Wehrmacht companies used children as mascots in WW2, but an assumption like this is ridiculous.

http://www.ww2incolor.com/soviet-union/ruskid.html

Yes , you definitelly right about that unfair comment.
I think mod's here have not enough time to check out all the comments in photosection , so is't not problem ,i suppose, to correct that.
Right flamethrowerguy?
Would you so kind please?:)

Schuultz
03-12-2009, 08:02 PM
So Ergoka, which one of the people in the picture would have been your Grandfather?

navyson
03-12-2009, 08:06 PM
So Ergoka, which one of the people in the picture would have been your Grandfather?
See: http://ww2incolor.com/forum/showthread.php?t=6713
That thread has pictures of Egorkas grandfather.

Egorka
03-13-2009, 04:40 AM
So Ergoka, which one of the people in the picture would have been your Grandfather?
My grandmother and my grandfather I mentioned were from to different lines - fathers and mothers respectively.
Obviously they served in differnt units.

Though my grandmother and my grandfather on the fathers line served in one division and got married after the war.