German Infantryman Eastern Front 1943-45 by David Westwood, Elizabeth Sharp

By David Westwood, Elizabeth Sharp

This 3rd quantity of a winning mini-series examines the German Infantryman within the latter a part of global conflict II. regardless of being continually in retreat, usually in need of apparatus, occasionally hungry, chilly and rainy, and the overpowering numbers of Soviet troops and armour dealing with him, the German Infantryman’s resistance was once regularly fierce, and even though regularly relocating again in the direction of Germany, his shielding withdrawals rate the Russians dearly. in this interval protective strategies concerned shut artillery and tank cooperation, even at small unit point. Containing formerly unpublished pictures and poignant first hand bills, this ebook explores in really good aspect way of life, tasks and wrestle motion.

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The Russians who had emerged from their shelters on the double were pinned down by grenade-launcher and submachine-gun fire from the German rearguard, which inflicted heavy losses before following the main body. Hofer was the last man to leave the hill. As soon as the Russians realised that the Germans were pulling out, they recovered from the initial shock and began to fire light and medium mortars in the presumed direction of the German withdrawal. Since the Russians were unaware of the route the Germans had taken, their fire missed the single-file column retracing its steps down Hill 856.

This remarkable picture shows the Russian lights which were put on just before the attack on Seelow Heights in 1945. mass of people growing b e h i n d us in the dead angles begins to spill over. Beside m e a m o n g the soldiers are women with babies in their arms, old women, children and young teenagers of both sexes. I look carefully over the top step. Shots are racing across the bridge, and the h o r r o r hits m e for the bridge is swimming in blood. They are calling from below a n d pressing forward.

At the outset the Russians established a foothold on two small islands that the German infantry had left unoccupied because they were too swampy. Several days passed. Then, one morning, the Germans observed a few Russians along a strip of the north bank opposite the islands. They infiltrated into the undergrowth and reeds, although the water reached their chests. The Germans did not attach much importance to this discovery because they thought the Russians could not possibly stay there, and therefore they saw no threat from that direction.

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