Re: "Ivan's War, 1939-1945"
Interesting perspective from the book-
The Russians called their early WWII tanks "zazhigalki" -"lighters," and called the T-34 the "Matchbox..."
...because they EXPECTED it to catch fire as quickly as any other Russian tank....
Kind of puts the "Ronson" M4 nickname in perspective...and I suspect with enough research, we might just find that some German tankers may have referred to their Mark IVs and Panthers with pet names like "Zippo" as well....soldiers ARE all alike, and generally ascribe superiority to the ENEMIES' weapons while deriding their own...
The problems we face today are
there because the people who work
for a living are outnumbered by those
who vote for a living.