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  1. A young friend of mine was in a history class in college and the old “Guns and Butter” discussion came up. He avered that it was better to have guns, because “If I have guns, and you have butter, then I have butter too”…(grin)

  2. Ian, you owe me a new monitor/keyboard. “He must have been an economics teacher before the war.” I laughed quite hard at this but unfortunately I happened to be drinking my coffee at the time.

  3. “If I have guns, and you have butter, then I have butter too”…

    I have never seen a historical example of a nation with less economic strength (Butter)losing to a nation that is less economically advantaged.
    GDP wins every time.
    Dean from Idaho

  4. If that is real butter he’s having with his sauerbroten, I can understand why he is smiling. The privations suffered by the ordinary soldier in a war that created acute shortages of supplies, and which typically reduced personal value systems to stark, bare basics, made the smallest, simplest everyday things a peacetime civilian would take wholly for granted something to be truly grateful for, if even for a fleeting moment. Although it’s from a different era than what you see in the photo, Erich Maria Remarque’s “All Quiet On The Western Front” still brings this theme to mind, among others.

    Nice call on the early-model MG-42, Dimitris :).

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