Monday, January 7, 2013

Jan

7

1943

No sanctuary for the retreating Italians in Russia

The German retreat from the Caucasus was now under way. The limit of their occupied territories had been reached - from now on they were on the retreat.

The larger construction and the other small building were now filled to overflowing: some of the big rooms were beginning to assume the same bedlamlike appearance as the infirmary. There were about seventeen hundred patients: nevertheless, both in the infirmary and in the houses there were still hundreds and hundreds of frostbitten and wounded men. Some mortar shells had plummeted into the main building, smashing the windows and wreaking havoc among the bodies stretched out on the straw.