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Son of the (Tank) Regiment

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In reading a number of accounts by GPW participants, I've seen repeated references to a "son of the regiment." Typically a war orphan, such a little boy was informally adopted, cared for and fed by the soldiers. He was fitted with a miniature uniform, too. Here's a charming example.


The tank 17 th guards tank brigade, together with the son of the regiment on the T-34. Image Credit: Unknown via



John Kettler

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