9 мая 2018 г.
Highly illuminating to me was his description of the Russian method of attacking through minefields. The German minefields, covered by defensive fire, were tactical obstacles that caused us many casualties and delays. It was out laborious business to break through them, even though our technicians invented every conceivable kind of mechanical appliance to destroy mines safely. Marshal Zhukov gave me a matter-of-fact statement of his practice, which was roughly 'There are two kinds of mines; one is the personnel mine and the other is the vehicular mine. When we come to a minefield our infantry attacks exactly as if it were not there.(Cool 😲)
The losses we get from personnel mines we consider only equal to those we would have gotten from machine guns and artillery if the Germans had chosen to defend that particular area with strong bodies of troops instead of with minefields. The attacking infantry does not set off the vehicular mines, so after they have penetrated to the far side of the field they form a bridgehead, after which the engineers come up and dig out channels through which our vehicles can go.
"Самовары" Сталина. Как советские города "чистили" от героев-инвалидов
6 мая 2018 г.
Великая Победа досталась СССР ценой миллионов искалеченных судеб — причём искалеченных в самом прямом смысле слова. Если погибших героев восхваляли, то от фронтовиков, лишившихся рук и ног, власти старались избавиться всеми силами — чтобы калеки своим видом не портили триумфа. Лайф вспоминает, как сложилась судьба всех "ненужных" героев войны.