The very idea of dropping large masses of men and equipment by parachute was basically invented by the Russians... in the Early 1930s they had drops of 10,000 men and equipment and held displays for foreign dignitaries. The Germans and British and US created their own airborne forces after watching the Soviets do it.
Just part of the arrogance of the west... I remember buying a video called Airborne and took it home and watched it and it was basically all about the US 82nd Airborne. I was so disappointed I promised myself after that to only ever buy books or videos with Russia or Soviet in the title, so unless it says Russian Airborne or Soviet Amphibious forces then I am not interested
As you get older you start to really appreciate comfort and warmth, but when you are young you need to get experiences... the only sure way to work out if you like something is to try it and give it a fair chance.
Violence is not cool, and pain should be something you learn from, and I would have loved to have joined DOSAAF or a similar such organisation. I have plenty of regrets... like not learning foreign languages, and not learning to play a musical instrument, but I also regret not taking part in many things at school.
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