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Old 05-09-2012, 12:21 PM
 
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A grisly task: a specialist from the German War Graves Commission retrieving war dead from a site in eastern Germany.

The end of the Cold War over two decades ago enabled the organization to start locating grave sites, identifying bodies and re-interring them in new cemeteries across Russia and the Eastern European countries invaded by the German army.

Some 716,000 German war dead have been found and reburied since then, and that number increases by 40,000 each year, the commission said. The database processes some 20,000 searches per month.
Germany Tracing Its War Dead from World War II - SPIEGEL ONLINE
this boggles my mind - particularly considering that:

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Individual graves, even sites containing dozens of soldiers, are deemed too insignificant to warrant an exhumation, said Kirchmeier.
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Old 05-09-2012, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Minnysoda
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The Volksbund is hard at it!
Über den Volksbund englisch



After the political revolution within Eastern Europe the countries of the former Eastern Bloc were included in the work of the Volksbund. Approximately three million German soldier’s had lost their lives in the eastern countries in World War II. i.e. more then twice as many as the rest of the war gravesites in the West which brought the Volksbund immense challenges not least that more than 100,000 graves were difficult to find, had been destroyed, had been overbuilt or had been plundered. Regardless the Volksbund took care, repaired and constructed more than 300 cemeteries of World War II and the 190 grounds out of World War I in Eastern, Central and South Europe. There are 55 central cumulative cemeteries. Approximately 716,000 war dead have been reinterred.
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Old 05-12-2012, 09:38 AM
 
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People forget that the 'real' WWII was between Germany and Russia. The US lost 416,800 military lives, but Germany and Russia lost 5,530,000 and 8,800,000 respectively.
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Old 05-12-2012, 06:52 PM
 
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People forget that the 'real' WWII was between Germany and Russia. The US lost 416,800 military lives, but Germany and Russia lost 5,530,000 and 8,800,000 respectively.
Loss of life doesn't make it a "real" war. It was a slaughter. The "real" war was in the American Factories, the American Navy that controlled the seas and the American and British Airforce that bombed Germany to it's knees.

Just because the Russians died like flies doesn't mean they "won" the war. They would have been defeated without the Americans and Brits.
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Old 05-12-2012, 08:22 PM
 
Location: NYC
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that's crazy
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Old 05-12-2012, 09:35 PM
 
Location: On a Long Island in NY
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Amazing that it's been 71 years since the German invasion of the Soviet Union they are still finding the bodies of German servicemen. Im told that it's not all that unusual to find shell casings, helmets, weapons, equipment, etc in the more remote parts of Russia and the former USSR even today.
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Old 05-13-2012, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Pacific Northwest
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People forget that the 'real' WWII was between Germany and Russia. The US lost 416,800 military lives, but Germany and Russia lost 5,530,000 and 8,800,000 respectively.
Wow

Definitely a low point in German-Russian relations.
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