Saturday, December 13, 2008

Sunday 14th February 1943

While we spend our time here in tedious, ingeniously heart-breaking bullshit, other units of other armies are on the move.

The Russians! They began their offensive weeks ago and during this last fortnight Jerry's line has suddenly crumbled. Leningrad relieved! Voronezh relieved! Stalingrad relieved – an entire German Army went in the bag there; according to the radio, all Germany was shaken. Since then, Jerry has been driven out of the Caucasus. And in this last few days, Krusnodar, Voroshilovsk, Novocherkassk, Voroshilovgrad, Rostov-on-Don, Kerch and Kehartov have all been re-occupied by the Red Army.

We've been following the offensive on the big map, in the canteen. Now Stalin, and Orel are coming into the danger zone. One pocket of Jerries remains in the Black-Caspian Seas isthmus – at the Black Sea naval base of Novorossisk. Well, the longer they hang on there, the less chance they have of getting away.

If only I were there, instead of in the midst of this ghastly, ordered routine!

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