A costly German counter-attack
15th October 1943: On the Eastern Front a young officer must push forward a counterattack despite heavy casualties
On Eastern Front pitched battles on the Dnieper line continued. The Germans were desperate to hold their line and were sustaining heavy losses as they sought to do so. As soon as their line was broken, it was standard German practice to counter-attack as soon as possible. The shock of such tactics was often successful if the enemy had not consolidated his position.
Only 15 men out of 70 had remained unwounded. 20 must have been killed. I myself had been incredibly lucky.
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