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ajay

Many have observed that Russia in 1917 was not ideally adapted for Communism - Marx reckoned Britain would be the first Communist state, Lenin at one point believed Germany would lead the way - but surely it was even less well adapted to nudism.

Richard J

I've been overdosing a bit of Eastern Front memoirs lately (mainly thanks to the Kindle), and it's interesting that several of them note that both sides seem to have independently solved the problem of waterlogged clothing when attacking from a swampy bridgehead, in up to, remarkably, battalion size.

ajay

A marked contrast, in that case, to the Western Front.
"If I can remind you of the realities of battle, George, one of the first things that everyone notices is that all the protagonists have got their clothes on. Neither we nor the Hun favour fighting our battles au naturel."

septicisle

To go by The Baader-Meinhof Complex, certain members of the Red Army Faction were partial to nudism as well, including sunbathing naked when they were meant to be training at a camp in Lebanon. Which rather excited the young Palestinian recruits they were meant to be working alongside with.

Barry Freed

For decades now there's been this persistent prank caller to the late night programs on lefty radio station WBAI who just shouts "Commie nudie!" when he gets through.


I've been overdosing a bit of Eastern Front memoirs lately...

Anything you'd care to recommend for the list?

Cian

lefty radio station WBAI

I think that's ex-lefty. These days its mostly crank medicine and truthers, surely?

Barry Freed

Too many these days to be sure, especially in the daytime and during fund-raising, but Mr. Commie-nudie guy never calls in to their shows to do his shtik.

Richard J

Barry> Eastern Inferno by Hans Roth. Which I wouldn't recommend for literary merit, but as a contemporary diary from Barbarossa to Kursk, written by someone in a bog-standard infantry division who disappeared in Operation Bagration (and hence was unable to carefully edit out post-War his complete taking onboard of Nazi ideology) they're a fascinating verification and disproven of Omer Bartov's thesis. Also chilling in how quickly he gets over his revulsion at encountering what looks suspiciously like Babi Yar - he's horrified by the sight, but his main concern is what the perpetrators will do when they get back to Germany.

chris y

Lenin at one point believed Germany would lead the way - but surely it was even less well adapted to nudism.

And St. Tropez was so poorly adapted to Communism! The whole project was doomed from the get go, it seems.

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