The important industrial center of Kharkov was captured by the Germans on the 24th October. The Soviets were now dismantling whole factories and shipping them east to resume production far away from the front line. It was a close run thing in Kharkov …
It wasn’t terribly late, shortly before midnight in fact, and I walked over to the guard rail and stood looking out over the port side. Another moonless night, but there was a phosphorescence in our wake and I watched the wave that we sent out from the break in the fo’c’sle; and then from out in the darkness the wave broke and started to run in towards the ship, except this wash was wiggling and wash didn’t wiggle!