Monday, September 27, 2004

Defending against the red storm
In the spring of 1945, as the Soviet army advanced on Berlin, Hitler's generals frantically searched for soldiers to prevent the inevitable fall of the city by just a few more days. In the end they they were plugging gaps in the line by sending out old men and school boys with orders to stand and die to the last man (or boy).
About 800 members of the 98th Army Reserve Division from Rochester, New York will begin a year-long mission in Iraq next month.

The unit, which normally trains reserve and active-duty soldiers in the U.S., will find itself training Iraq’s new army.

The 98th is a non-combat unit that doesn't even have its own weapons or vehicles.[My italics.]

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