Friday, October 11, 2013

Oct

11

1943

Butchery of trench warfare on the Eastern front

German artillery observers in a trench in Russia, 1943

Flamethrowers failed. Nothing could save us from the enemy numbers. One company withdrew from the trench, and two of our guns were lost. The Russians drove their wedge farther into our hinterland. Our reserves were being bled dry, even before any counterattack could be mounted. There was no help to come. We wrote farewell letters and waited to die.