FEBRUARY 1945: From 16 Friday. (Just notes what happened in approx. the next 6 weeks)
From 16 Friday. (Just notes what happened in approx. the next 6 weeks)
Most of the time goes by with having to clean the latrines of the Army
barracks. Filled to the top with excrements. (I seemed to have done a good job
the first time, it is now my job!)
During this a train (tracks very close to where we are) was fired upon by
Spitfires and caught alight. It seemed they had a lucky strike. The carriages go
up in flames one by one and it seems they were loaded with ammunition, they fly
into the air with the wheels and axels flying over our heads.
We also did quite a bit of walking from one place to the other and we at one
time we had to go up at 4:30am to go to another place and after about 10km we
had to wait a very long time. We were instructed to load our luggage onto a
horse drawn carriage and after that we were divided in different groups. My
group had about 40 men and we went to another village about an half hour away.
The luggage was lost because whilst we were leaving the place was bombarded by
artillery fire and the whole village went up in flames, including the horse and
cart. We had to run to get away from it. Further in another village it became
apparent that our SA Guards were lost. We had to wait along side of the road and
a grenade exploded about five metre from where we were. Had to wait still longer
and after that we marched along for quite a few hours until we arrived outside
the correct village. Behind us fell grenade after grenade into the village.
After that there was no place for us to stay.
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