why so many members here identify as SS Totenkopf in their avatars, or SA, or German regardless of branch of service?
But the SS is the most disturbing...
I don't need to go into details of all the known atrocities, massacres, etc. I think the history speaks for itself.
Personally, if you're going to have a picture, as opposed to a... kitten ;-) I really like Ade's avatar, showing a smiling British soldier in uniform, this is the kind of chap who saved the rest of the world from the horrors of the Nazi regime.
And just because I'm in the US doesn't mean that I need a pic of a GI as an avatar, which I obviously don't even have one, but SS?
I'm not really asking for any explanations, this is a choice some people have obviously made (quite a few in fact), just as I have make the choice to find it distasteful, maybe even treasonous to the memories of those who fought to free us from the shackles of possibly the most evil regime to ever exist on this planet.
I'm sure posting this here isn't going to win me a lot of admiration... and I've been trying to not say anything about it, but I guess my fingers have got the best of me for typing this out ;-)
I'm here because I love collecting WWII militaria (in fact, I've been obsessed with WWII my whole life), but I look at these artifacts in the spirit the victor, forever grateful that this evil was vanquished.