Thursday, October 31, 2013

Oct

31

1943

Soviet infantry destroyed by flamethrower

A 'Schützenpanzer mit Flammenwerfer', an armoured troop carrier with flame-thrower , on the Eastern Front in 1944.

We get our first sight of the attackers when their earth-coloured helmets appear out of the shallow depression.The first waves are mown down by the murderous fire from our two heavy machine guns and those behind now fall back down into the hollow. And then something happens that makes our hair stand on end: we witness, first-hand and close-up, the inhuman treatment meted out to Soviet soldiers by their leaders, and we have real sympathy for the poor devils.