(10) Weichert feeding my ammo belt, complains about the poor quality of the ammo and we only have one replacement barrel left in reserve.  Swina stands beside me, firing a carbine as fast as he can. He stays there reloading with nervous hands. I don't see Grommel, as he is behind Weichert, and quickly throws him tow machine gun barrels with cartridges plugged in the breaches... "Unplug the casing, Kleiner. You are good at that!" he calls to him.

(10) Weichert feeding my ammo belt, complains about the poor quality of the ammo and we only have one replacement barrel left in reserve. Swina stands beside me, firing a carbine as fast as he can. He stays there reloading with nervous hands. I don't see Grommel, as he is behind Weichert, and quickly throws him tow machine gun barrels with cartridges plugged in the breaches... "Unplug the casing, Kleiner. You are good at that!" he calls to him.

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(17) while i desperately try to dig my machine gun out from the dirt, Swina throws  hand grenade at two russian. They fall and writhe around in the snow. Weichert has no time to reload his carbine, so he snatches grommel's out of his hands and fires at the Russians who are about to jump into our trench. i hit the 2nd Russian with a postal shot. Blood drips from the wound in his throat; crying, he runs back.  Others run with him.

(17) while i desperately try to dig my machine gun out from the dirt, Swina throws hand grenade at two russian. They fall and writhe around in the snow. Weichert has no time to reload his carbine, so he snatches grommel's out of his hands and fires at the Russians who are about to jump into our trench. i hit the 2nd Russian with a postal shot. Blood drips from the wound in his throat; crying, he runs back. Others run with him.

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(11) The T-34 comes directly to us. It has discovered our machine gun nest.  Grommel and Weichart dash into the bunker, but Swina lying behind me in the trench.  A harsh metallic shot, a tank shell explodes exactly where my machine gun once stood.  Loud ringing in my ears, my eardrum perforated. Acrid power sucked into my noise and fills my lungs. But I live, and so does Swina. In the trench everything goes dark, the steel monster is parked directly on top of me, blocking out the…

(11) The T-34 comes directly to us. It has discovered our machine gun nest. Grommel and Weichart dash into the bunker, but Swina lying behind me in the trench. A harsh metallic shot, a tank shell explodes exactly where my machine gun once stood. Loud ringing in my ears, my eardrum perforated. Acrid power sucked into my noise and fills my lungs. But I live, and so does Swina. In the trench everything goes dark, the steel monster is parked directly on top of me, blocking out the…

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(14) Not buried alive? That's my main concern!  Weichert and the others are panic-stricken.  "Out of here!" he cries in alarm, and is the first one to the door.  There are lumps of ice in front of the door, of the bunker, Weicher pushes them away and squeeze out. The trench is half full of dirt and snow, and my machine gun is buried underneath it all.

(14) Not buried alive? That's my main concern! Weichert and the others are panic-stricken. "Out of here!" he cries in alarm, and is the first one to the door. There are lumps of ice in front of the door, of the bunker, Weicher pushes them away and squeeze out. The trench is half full of dirt and snow, and my machine gun is buried underneath it all.

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(7) 2 T-34 comes to us but turns to Meinhard's position.  We fire from all barrels on the infantry following the tanks but they keep on rolling.  Hand grenades explode close to Warias and Meinhard. Then, suddenly, Meinhar's machine gun stops firing.  The tracer rounds from the quad A swish over our heads, aimed at the waves of Soviet infantry soldiers bearing down. Without the quad we would have been overrun.  The sappers are also firing their 2 machines guns from our flank.

(7) 2 T-34 comes to us but turns to Meinhard's position. We fire from all barrels on the infantry following the tanks but they keep on rolling. Hand grenades explode close to Warias and Meinhard. Then, suddenly, Meinhar's machine gun stops firing. The tracer rounds from the quad A swish over our heads, aimed at the waves of Soviet infantry soldiers bearing down. Without the quad we would have been overrun. The sappers are also firing their 2 machines guns from our flank.

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(27) Asked about the other 3 tanks, he tells me that on ran on to a mine. He caught the 2nd along the railway line and the one which came from the north east into the village was destroyed by our last tank.  We have a lot of news to exchange about our home area, but he has orders to return to his position.  As he is leaving he calls back, telling me he will look out for me the next opportunity he has, so that we can catch up on old times.

(27) Asked about the other 3 tanks, he tells me that on ran on to a mine. He caught the 2nd along the railway line and the one which came from the north east into the village was destroyed by our last tank. We have a lot of news to exchange about our home area, but he has orders to return to his position. As he is leaving he calls back, telling me he will look out for me the next opportunity he has, so that we can catch up on old times.

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(22) We climb out and happy that we have surveyed, but many others were wounded.  we had 8 dead to mourn, some were apparently buried alive in their bunker by the tank.  To our dismay and great sorrow, Unteroffizier Doring and two of his men also are mong the dead.  Warias and Sediel remain unscathed. Kupper was wounded. Meinhard lost his machine gun because he had not managed to snatch it away before the tank tracks crushed it.  Wilke survived the nightmare.

(22) We climb out and happy that we have surveyed, but many others were wounded. we had 8 dead to mourn, some were apparently buried alive in their bunker by the tank. To our dismay and great sorrow, Unteroffizier Doring and two of his men also are mong the dead. Warias and Sediel remain unscathed. Kupper was wounded. Meinhard lost his machine gun because he had not managed to snatch it away before the tank tracks crushed it. Wilke survived the nightmare.

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(5) Suddenly  5 T-34 tanks are standing in front o us. They surprise not only us but also the crew of the 88mm gun deployed for ground support behind us on a knoll.  Before the crew can traverse the long barrel to aim at the tanks. all five tanks fire simultaneously.  It means the end for 88. Surprisingly the crew manage to destroy one of the five tanks before receiving two direct hits. We see piece of armor and bodies fly through the air.  The men are killed instantly.

(5) Suddenly 5 T-34 tanks are standing in front o us. They surprise not only us but also the crew of the 88mm gun deployed for ground support behind us on a knoll. Before the crew can traverse the long barrel to aim at the tanks. all five tanks fire simultaneously. It means the end for 88. Surprisingly the crew manage to destroy one of the five tanks before receiving two direct hits. We see piece of armor and bodies fly through the air. The men are killed instantly.

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(19) I take a last look at the T-34, which is no more than 30 meters away - then, I suddenly transported from hell to heaven.  My fright dissipates, and instead my blood begins to pump in excitement.  Everything around me is forgotten - and i see only the tractor pulling a ATG.  Even before it comes to a halt, three men jump down and in no time the gun is detached and swung into position....

(19) I take a last look at the T-34, which is no more than 30 meters away - then, I suddenly transported from hell to heaven. My fright dissipates, and instead my blood begins to pump in excitement. Everything around me is forgotten - and i see only the tractor pulling a ATG. Even before it comes to a halt, three men jump down and in no time the gun is detached and swung into position....

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