Beyrle hid in a hayloft near a farmhouse for a few days until around Jan. 15, when a Soviet tank brigade came by.“I went down with my hands up and said, ‘Amerikansky tovarishch, Amerikansky tovarishch,'” Beyrle recalled, using two of the few Russian words he knew: American comrade. Beyrle managed to convince the brigade’s wary commanders to let him fight alongside them on their march to Berlin, and thus began his one-month stint in the Soviet tank battalion. —Carl Schreck
—U.S. Soldier Ended Up in Soviet Army (The Moscow Times)
A great piece of feel-good journalism… all the more amazing when one considers how many decades the US and the USSR spent locked in the cold war.I think this story feeds my American ego, which conditions me to feel superior to the enemy.