Saturday, July 6, 2013

Jul

6

1943

A Soviet artilleryman blown up at Kursk

A familiar sight on the Kursk battlefield, both sides took enormous losses in tanks.

The last plane dove directly upon our battery and released its bomb load. One of the bombs flew directly at my dugout. I saw my own unavoidable death approaching, but I could do nothing to save myself: there was not enough time. It would take me five to six seconds to reach a different shelter, but the bomb had been released close to the ground, and needed only one or two seconds to reach the earth – and me.