By Sven Hassel

A stunning perception into the brutalities confronted via usual infantrymen and the atrocities dedicated within the identify of survival.

Dispassionately we stared on the bloody scene. It had turn into a regular sight.

The twenty seventh Penal Regiment care not anything for Hitler's battle. they try merely to stick alive. yet then they discover the Soviet Army's largest mystery. A Russian commissar has hidden 30 million cash of gold someplace at the back of enemy strains.

In a madcap scheme, Porta agents a take care of the commissar: unfastened passage for the Russians in go back for a percentage of the gold. to discover it, Sven and his comrades has to be ready to lie, scouse borrow and cross at the back of the strains of the lethal Russian army...

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Ow approximately department then, sir? ’ asks Tiny owlishly. ‘The basic an’ Porta’s reliable neighbors, sir! ’ ‘I’ll take care of you too, Creutzfeldt,’ splutters Löwe. He activates his heel and disappears, with the monpcled Leutnant shut upon his heels. ‘What the hell’s Porta doing now? ’ asks the previous guy, bitterly. ‘That loopy sod’s sufficient to force a guy up the wall. He is going on as though he owned the entire blasted military. Now I’m gonna inform you all somethin’. You’re not anything yet a bath of shit, the lot of you! I won’t be accomplished with you until eventually you’ve all visible the interior of Germersheim with lifers on you an’ a loss of life sentence laid on most sensible of ’em! ’ he's interrupted. The door crashes open and in comes Porta, dragging a squealing pig after him. ‘He got here again, after all,’ he grins, fortunately. ‘A few hours of that Commie lot used to be adequate for him. lovely, ain’t he? That squealing’s simply an expression of the way satisfied he's at having controlled to disorder! ’ ‘You’re to report back to the OC,’ says the outdated guy, tiredly. ‘That skill now! ’ ‘Who says you’ve laid eyes on me? ’ asks Porta, casually. ‘Löwe’s just a sodding officer. That lot can wait until eventually I’ve acquired time for ’em, and time’s what I haven’t bought adequate of simply now! ’ ‘You’re to report back to company,’ sighs the outdated guy, ‘whether you’ve obtained time or now not! name company,’ he orders Gregor, who has communications accountability. ‘Connection damaged, ‘Porta shakes with laughter, as he wrenches the phone cable free. ‘Come on Tiny, we bought to get nutrients on! ’ We consume and consume – for 4 hours jointly. Grease runs down from our mouths directly to our chests. In among we make a journey outdoors to make room for extra. we're so ravenously hungry that we're not able to prevent consuming. Gregor virtually chokes himself. Porta recommends that we cling him up by way of his heels. He coughs up a wide chew of red meat. we don't cease consuming till purely the gnawed bones stay. Gasping and belching, we sprawl at the ground, completely gorged with meals. battle is a affliction. Soen Hassel The teach used to be struck by means of a bomb just a couple of yards clear of the safeguard of the tunnel. The railwaymen and the tom-off boiler of the locomotive have been thrown four hundred yards away into the ripe corn. The top carriage stood up vertically within the air. the subsequent in line have been squeezed into the appearance of a closed concertina. The Jabos got here again. The best computing device dropped phosphorus bombs. Incendiary sticks skipped around the pink pass vehicles. In seconds that they had turn into a roaring sea of flame. lots of the sufferers burned to demise of their beds. The Jabos became and swept the cornfield with their machine-guns. ahead of leaving they dropped the final in their incendiaries. The corn blazed up. The black smoke of the conflagration was once obvious all day, even from many miles away. Mot a unmarried individual at the sanatorium educate escaped alive. *Ssvaeoda: Russian for freedom. *Very freely: We’re from many a far off place of birth. yet we think no loss in our hearts. For we haven't misplaced our native land it really is right here ahead of Madrid . . . * The Blood Order: An early SA ornament * Panjemajo, grabit.

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