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By Felix Römer

17 Millionen »ganz normale Männer« kämpften während des Zweiten Weltkriegs in Hitlers Armee. Erstmals zeigt sie der Historiker Felix Römer nicht als uniforme Masse, sondern als individuelle Einzelne: Wir sehen den Krieg mit den Augen der Soldaten. Zwischen 1942 und 1945 hörte der US-Nachrichtendienst im Geheimlager castle Hunt bei Washington mehrere Tausend deutsche Kriegsgefangene heimlich ab. Zehntausende Abhörprotokolle blieben erhalten, die erst jetzt, nach über sechzig Jahren, entdeckt wurden. Der Historiker Felix Römer hat diesen Aktenbestand als Erster ausgewertet und eröffnet mit seiner examine eine völlig neue Sicht auf den Krieg: Unter »Kameraden« erzählen sich die Soldaten ihre Fronterlebnisse, sie prahlen mit »Heldentaten« und schrecklichen Verbrechen. Sie zeigen ihre geheimen Ängste und ihre wahre Haltung zu Hitler. Die dazu überlieferten Biografien machen die Lebensumstände und Handlungsspielräume, das Denken und Handeln des Einzelnen konkret. Mit diesem einzigartigen fabric bekommt die uniforme Wehrmacht zum ersten Mal ein individuelles Gesicht.

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Telephone wire is also laid to conform to the contour. Camouflage discipline in occupied positions is very good, and one seldom hears talking, rattling of weapons, or sees the glimmer of a cigarette. In order to prevent the enemy realizing that a position is weakly held, single riflemen keep up strong fire activity at various points. Fig. 3: wires strung between trestles and covered with branches screen a road from aerial observation. Fig. 4: wires are used to bend trees over a parked T-27 light tank.

This type of pit was strictly for concealment and the AFV was not meant to fire from it. (US Army) 45 were covered with wagon planks, what logs they could obtain, and sods of earth. The soldier’s zemlyanki were typically poorly ventilated, gloomy, cold, damp, musty, and smelt of wet wool, makhorka (poor-grade tobacco), food, and body odours. Some were fortunate enough to have a stove inside, and in these cases wood-cutting details were necessary. A soldier would have to stand fire guard if it burned through the night, and a sentry was always posted outside for one- or two-hour watches.

There was an entrance trench or tunnel on both ends set at 90-degree angles. These types of bunkers could be used as chemical defence shelters by adding two sets of sealed doors to create ‘airlock’ chambers. A hand-operated air filter and air intake pipe were installed. Living shelters were frequently built for four or six men, some 2–3m each side. They could be larger, containing a whole section, and might be subdivided into ‘rooms’ with blanket curtains. These were built along the lines of partly or completely buried log cabins (isba), often with a pecked roof of split logs.

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