When World War II just broke out, the Germans didn't expect at all their enemy would resist so much. Their soldiers, brave, initiative and dedicated, faced the great endurance and incredible strength of the Russians. But not only these qualities helped the latter win the war....
Here's what German soldiers said about their enemies.
"Russian troops have always fought bravely and sometimes made incredible sacrifices."
/ Field Marshal Erich von Manstein /
"The Russians held themselves with unexpected firmness and perseverance, even when they were bypassed and surrounded. In this way they won more time and drew up more and more new reserves for the counter-attacks from the depths of the country, which by the way were stronger than anticipated... The enemy has shown an absolutely incredible ability to resist."
/ General Kurt von Tippelskirch /