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Diary of counter battery fire and ad hoc burials


Beechhill

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Just wanted to share this poignant excerpt of a German artillery man's diary. The stark realism of losing his best buddy to a direct hit and his matter-of-fact recount of burying enemy (and "non-related" German) dead is quite blood chilling. 

I'll link to the Google Translate as it is quite adequate (and I feel lazy). I'm of course happy to clarify if any questions arise. 

/Dan 

 

https://tinyurl.com/yaztc3n4

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Wow Dan, very poignant and as you said, let Google do the translation.

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You're most welcome.

Just noticed the burial part isn't very clear; they literally just dragged the bodies to a shell hole by hacking an axe into the tunic of the fallen. A very hardboiled solution, but probably practical and sanitary given the various degrees of decomposition. 

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