Eastern Front Combat: The German Soldier in Battle from by Hans Wijers

By Hans Wijers

Showing for the 1st time in English, those are unique bills through German squaddies who fought at the japanese entrance in global warfare II. integrated are tales from a panzer crewman who survived the struggling with at Stalingrad in addition to a paratrooper creating a final stand earlier than Berlin. some of the photographs have by no means been released ahead of.

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Unnoticed by the sentries who were making their rounds, we carried out a brief fitting. Apart from the boots, everything went quickly. When we tried to return to the tank with our valuable booty, the sentries noticed us. But we did not follow the order to bring everything back, and when an officer arrived and repeated this order, we did not obey it right away. The guard was immediately alerted and threatened with a loaded and locked machine pistol. A short discussion with the officer did not bring any success, so we all were very bitter about it.

So we had to be careful here. We drove forward a few hundred meters, until we were fifty meters from the edge of the wooded area. Here my commander posted the “912” to the left in the woodland, with the direction of fire to the left. He positioned the Panzer IV to the right in the terrain, with the direction of fire to the right. We remained standing in the middle of the road with our aim at six o’clock (toward the rear). To conserve fuel, we all had to switch off the engines. Now we had to wait.

In the many ups and downs that the Russian fire forced on him, he reached a shell scrape and jumped in. He hardly gave any thought to a short break when a shell burst in the immediate vicinity and covered his hole with big frozen clumps of earth. ” But his limbs still were in one piece, and with his penknife, he began to hack away bit by bit. As he saw some light again, he heard again the cries of the Russians outside and dared not get out of his hole. Only after it had gotten quieter did he continue his tiring work and try to lift the hard clump of earth with his last strength.

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