by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist
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During World War II, most Soviet Soldiers were conscripted into fighting for the Motherland against the invading Nazi Army. Many soldiers didn’t necessarily wish to fight for Moscow, but were nonetheless forced to.
One might say: “Well, what’s so wrong with that? We had the draft during the Vietnam War. Many of our boys weren’t thrilled about being forced to fight. Many would have, and in fact did, stay home to protest the War.
But while both are true, there was a big difference in the way our troops were treated and how the Soviets dealt with their draftees.
Our draftees were treated as any other soldier, while the Soviets treated their conscripts as cannon fodder, actually firing on any soldiers who did not continue to advance, even in the face of massacre by the Nazis. They called these executioners, barrier troops.