I read on reddit about a story I wish I had: and Imperial Fists librarian is talking with a guardsman, guardsman goes on to talk about how the marines are brave and all, and the librarian says, “no, I’m not brave. I am 300 years old, wear armor like a Leman Russ, and we go into battle knowing we will come back in damaged. But you, you’re a mere human, yet you fight the same enemies in the name of the emperor, and that is true bravery.” That’s a paraphrase, but thats the gist of what he’s saying. And it’s true. It doesn’t matter how good your gear is. Those men and women are putting their lives on the line so that loved ones don’t to. They know what they’re facing, how the odds are stacked against them, yet they fight, knowing that their loved one’s can sleep at night without the fear of death. This same mentality is why I respect all servicemen of all countries. Sure, there are some bad apples, but the majority are serving to protect their families and friends. That is true courage.
I also like the fact that I can't tell if the Commissar is aiming at the enemy or a Guardsman.