Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Sep

17

1943

Red Army attack on the retreating German army

A Red Army 45mm gun crew firing under cover of a smokescreen.

Then the mortar men kicked into action and laid down a sheaf of fire, up to three shells per tube. The field of battle began to darken. After the mortar attack, five to seven minutes passed, and then the Germans once again rushed forward, although their numbers were now fewer. One German constantly kept turning back to the advancing line, waving his pistol and shouting something. Nishchakov took careful aim, and the leader fell. The others dropped to the ground again.