Eastern Front:
Gustav Lachman

On Russian soldiers.

Transcript: The Russian soldier was a very good solider, provided he was properly led. But without officers - the officers were wounded or killed - the simple Russian muzhik had not much initiative, after all they were mostly peasants, very simple good-natured men, very big and tough but without guidance they were lost. And very often... to our great surprise they surrendered in droves, and it was almost an embarrassment sometimes to handle these large numbers of prisoners.

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