Zinky Boys refers to the following (rather morbid in my opinion) poem:

Women and wine are fine
But a real man needs more
The sweet taste of war

The interviewee mentioned that that bit of verse was part of the inspiration for him going in the first place, but that he didn't remember who wrote it.

Who did write that and why? Why did people find it inspiring?

  • I found another Russian source (about admiral Kolchak) where it says that it's from a Kipling's poem.
    – Andra
    Sep 15 '21 at 19:54
  • Closest Kipling's quote I am aware of is Four things greater than all things are, Women and Horses and Power and War. @Andra Could you please share the source you mentioned? Sep 18 '21 at 0:25
  • google "Две вещи на свете, словно одно" "Колчак" "Киплинга". It may well be a legend - both that it was Kolchak's favorite saying and that its original author was Kipling.
    – Andra
    Sep 18 '21 at 13:12
  • Could you please add in which chapter this poem is quoted?
    – Tsundoku
    Sep 19 '21 at 22:53
  • @Tsundoku This is towards the end of Day 1 (track 5 in the audiobook). Sep 21 '21 at 13:08

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