Operation Barbarossa, 1941

“Our tank shakes with the impact of enemy shots but we are still alive. We have no more shells and are short of bullets. Pavel is shooting at the enemy with a turret machine gun while I take a breather and chat with you. I know this will be the last time. I would like a long chat, but time is too short. It’s good to die when you know that somewhere there’s a person who will think it was good to have been loved.” 

-Red Army Tank Gunner, letter to his wife found on his corpse – July, 1941

[vis a vis ‘Ghosts of the Ostfront’ by Dan Carlin]

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