Watching an old (1988) film lat night, The Beast,
I was struck by one of the characters (the tank
commander) who revealed that as an 8 year old
he had been at Stalingrad – lowered by rope above
unsuspecting German panzers and dropped molotovs
in hatches to end up being the hero ‘Tank Boy’.
It got me wondering – did a boy like this exist and is
The character later joined the Tanks and served in Afghan
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