Saturday, December 1, 2012

Dec

1

1942

The Red Army noose tightens around Stalingrad

Soviet artillery located in the German military cemetery, firing at German positions in Stalingrad from 76-mm divisional gun model 1942 ZIS-3.

Our mortarmen saw to it that the enemy did not sleep at night. By day, we would zero in on a ravine, where various Nazi service units were concentrated, and make a detailed plan of their positions. Then, as soon as darkness fell, we would begin firing at regular five-minute intervals. This was called ‘wearing out the enemy.’ The Germans were shelled all night long, but we managed to get some sleep at least: each crew worked for an hour, firing some 100 bombs, before scurrying back to burrows, kept warm by sleeping comrades.