By Georg Grossjohann, Ulrich Abele, Theodore C. Mataxis, Keith E. Bonn, Wolf T. Zoepf
Wartime memoir of a pro German soldier who rose from sergeant to significant in the course of WWII, commanding infantry devices from platoon to regiment. comprises surprisingly candid memories of not just strive against, yet and private kinfolk with superiors, friends, and subordinates alike in the course of strive against accountability on 4 fronts throughout Europe.
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I could not change his mind by telling him that I was alone with only a few messengers and telephones and probably could not offer any real resistance. He said, "You will stay and you will fight! Understand? " Since the Russians had come dangerously close in the meantime and had even bypassed us to the west, I ignored Ramcke's directive and ordered the phone disconnected, after which we rapidly withdrew. After this, by the way, I heard no more from General Ramcke. However, he must have changed his mind about conducting a fanatical defense.
However, he registered the smallest imperfection in the attire or salute of the soldier involved. This procedure gave Erwin a sense of grim satisfaction. Woe to him who would overlook Erwin! In a lesser case, he could make his victim feel miserable for the remainder of the evening, barking a few sour words. But usually, he saved the reprimand for the next morning, when he could stand in front of the formation and publicly humiliate the guilty parties. These were the times when he would really open fire!
He was a pleasant, older infantryman, who was a farmer from Emetsheim near Weissenburg in Franconia. Until my return to Russia, he took care of me with great devotion and dedication. I paid him back by secretly getting him two weeks of furlough for harvesting, in spite of a ban on taking leave. Later, when my transfer to Russia was confirmed, I asked him if he would like to accompany me. " With this, my question was answered. Needless to say, he stayed back, but he later died in the fields of France anyway.