Saturday, December 21, 2013

Dec

21

1943

Speer visits the Finnish frontline

The 'Batterie Todt'  on the Channel coast,  one of the larger installations along the 'Atlantic Wall'.

Immediately afterward a lance corporal right beside me collapsed without a sound. A Soviet sharpshooter had hit him in the head through the observation slit. Oddly enough, this was the first time I had been confronted with the reality of the war. I had been acquainted with our infantry howitzers only as technical items to be demonstrated on a shooting range; now I suddenly saw how this instrument, which I had regarded purely theoretically, was used to destroy human beings.