July 1941

Jul

2

1941

Still stuck in Tobruk

A patrol around the seaward side of the Tobruk perimeter, summer 1941.

Haven’t shaved for a week or more; only three razor blades left. However the tobacco issue has arrived and once again it is not “Chess”. This time it is the old favourite “Capstan Navy Cut” There is a 4oz tin here which will be divided, very, very carefully (shred by shred!) between Bombardier Tiny Plane and myself.

Jul

1

1941

Germans learn of the reality of the ‘Ostfront’

Whatever the propaganda images said some German officers were complaining that they had not prepared for the scale of casualties they received.

He says it is absolutely beastly. Hardly any prisoners are being taken by either side. The Russians fight and torture like criminals, not soldiers, putting up their hands and then, when the Germans come up to them, shooting them a bout portant; they even shoot from behind the German medical orderlies who try to help their wounded.