A former neighbour of my sister in law told me of his experiences on the Ost-Front as a machine gunner.As good a time as any to throw in one of my favourite Cold War chestnuts.
A septic general and an Ivan are trying to outdo each other at an international get-together.
Septic (S) The American soldier is the best-trained soldier in the world, he gets 2 years basic training.
Russki (R)Pah! That is nothing. The Soviet soldier gets 3 years!
s. Huh. Well, the American soldier is the best equipped soldier in the world. He goes into battle with 3000 dollars' worth of equipment on his back.
R. Only 3000 ? Huh! The Soviet soldier has 5000 dollars' worth.
S. Alright then, the US soldier is the best- fed soldier in the world. Every day he eats 4000 Kcals.
R. You are lying!!!!! Nobody can eat so many potatoes !!!!!