The Soviet Military Awards Page Forum  
  • Serial Numbers Database 2.0
Enter Here

vBClassified Featured Listings
Sobko Labor Victory
50th Army Veteran Badge
Dus Labor Vet
11th Guards Army Veteran Badge
Ukrainian NKVD/KGB 50th Anniversary Badge - B..,

Go Back   The Soviet Military Awards Page Forum > Soviet Awards Forums > Union Of Soviet Socialist Republics > Soviet Reference And Research Materials > Reference Books And Catalogues

Reference Books And Catalogues Materials published for reference of awards and uniforms or sales purposes.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-09-2002, 10:22 AM   #1
Stephende
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: California
Posts: 20
The Simple Sounds Of Freedom

"The Simple Sounds of Freedom" tells the true story of an American POW who escaped and joined the Red Army near the Oder. He fought with the Red Army until he was severely wounded. He survived the War and is alive today. This book was just published. He was featured on C-SPAN promoting the book. And yes, he was awarded and received his Soviet medals.

Amazing story.
Stephende is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old 12-09-2002, 11:24 AM   #2
Tal Inbar
Senior Member
 
Tal Inbar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Israel
Age: 51
Posts: 2,302
Hardcover: 336 pages ; Publisher: Random House;
ISBN: 0375507868; (September 17, 2002)
Attached Images
File Type: jpg a.jpg (23.4 KB, 142 views)
__________________
Under the banner of Marxism-Leninism, under the leadership of the Communist Party--forward to new victories in the construction of communism!
Tal Inbar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-2002, 04:24 AM   #3
otlichnik
Senior Member
 
otlichnik's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Canada
Age: 52
Posts: 547
Interesting. Looks like a must read.

If he joined the Red Army on the Oder it must have been rather late - March-April 1945?

If you have a copy, does it say which Soviet unit he joined?

Shawn
otlichnik is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2002, 10:11 AM   #4
Stephende
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: California
Posts: 20
I have not had a chance to read the book. I was able to watch the C-SPAN show. It featured both the author and the subject of the book speaking.

I will try to summarize what he said about his story.

He was parachuted into Normandy on D-Day. He ended up a POW. Having tried to escape several times, he was loaded onto a train and sent East. Escaping again, he headed further East - towards the sounds of artillery.
When he first encountered the Red Army they told him (English speaking comisar) that there was a processing center for liberated POWs that he would be sent to. His reply (this is a rough paraphrase, as I am doing this from memory) was that he had come to fight the Germans, not run away from them. (At this point the entire audience stood up and applauded with tears in their eyes - as did most of us at home - The Greatest Generation! ). The Russians must have been either impressed or thought he was plain nuts - in any case, he ended up in the unit.

As to the ultimate outcome of the unit he joined -
His son is a Russian expert (not sure of his actual job) living in Moscow. He has been in the military archives and has verified that the unit was pretty much wiped out during the final push to Berlin. He is still trying to research individual commanders - the unit leader was a woman major - her fate is still uncertain.
Stephende is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2003, 06:40 AM   #5
Mozzabloke
Senior Member
 
Mozzabloke's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Sheffield, England
Age: 45
Posts: 104
Fantastic read

Got the book on friday and read it in 2 days its that good.

Cant recomend it enough Someone should make a film about this.

Mark
Mozzabloke is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are Off
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Freedom Order. CtahhR Lao People's Democratic Republic 2 07-09-2017 06:19 PM
Freedom Order. bayoswede Mongolian Orders 6 07-03-2017 04:02 PM
Freedom Medal. Taz Islamic Republic Of Afghanistan 4 06-04-2012 05:51 AM
Order Of Freedom. Taz Yugoslavian Orders 3 09-10-2010 09:03 AM
Medal For Our And Your Freedom. Ed_Haynes Polish Medals 3 07-05-2006 12:50 PM




All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:34 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Copyright ©2011 Arthur G. Bates III