In the Eastern Front trenches
8th January 1944: A Red Army officer contrasts the different approaches that each Army has to living in very primitive conditions on the front line
On the Eastern Front the Soviet Army had launched another offensive and were making good progress towards Poland. Yet other parts of the 1000-mile front remained static as the two sides faced each other from trenches.
Most of the time the majority of men lived in bunkers dug into the earth, hidden under the snow. Only those on guard duty had to be out keeping observation, the remainder huddled together in the most cramped quarters. The typical Soviet bunker housed six or seven men with just enough room for them to lie down side by side and not enough height to stand up.