By Vasily Grossman
While the Germans invaded Russia in 1941, Vasily Grossman turned a different correspondent for the pink big name, the purple Army’s newspaper. A author at battle – in line with the notebooks within which Grossman accumulated uncooked fabric for his articles – depicts the crushing stipulations at the jap entrance, and the lives and deaths of squaddies and civilians alike. it's also many of the earliest reportage at the Holocaust. within the 3 years he spent on project, Grossman witnessed the most savage combating of the warfare: the appalling defeats of the crimson military, the brutal highway combating in Stalingrad, the conflict of Kursk (the biggest tank engagement in history), the safety of Moscow, the battles in Ukraine and lots more and plenty more.
Historian Antony Beevor has taken Grossman’s uncooked notebooks, and formed them right into a narrative supplying probably the most even-handed descriptions – without delay unflinching and delicate – we now have ever had of what he referred to as “the ruthless fact of war.”
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JGs 2 and 26 were also involved in the action on this 1 December. /JG 26 claiming his second. Another omen of what lay ahead for the Reich's defenders was that all three would be killed in action before the end of spring 1944, as too would Oberstleutnant Egon Mayer, Drab but deadly. These early P-51B Mustangs of the Ninth Air Force's 354th FG were harbingers of hard times ahead for the Luftwaffe's Focke-Wulf Jagdgruppen the Geschwaderkommodore o f J G 2. He had taken his Defence o f the Reich heavy bomber tally to five on this day.
They represented the two pilots' twelfth and first heavy bomber victories respectively, but they were also destined to be their last. Hauptmann Clausen was in radio contact after the engagement, and although he reported that he was returning to base, neither he nor Heinz Sahnwaldt made it back to Husum. The reason for their disappearance remains unknown to this day. Although the vast bulk of Erwin Clausen's overall total of 132 victories had been scored on the eastern front, he could perhaps be regarded as the first 'major' Fw 190 pilot of the Defence of the Reich campaign to be lost.
JG 1, and Oberleutnant claimed seven B - l 7 s downed and eight to Hauptmann Schnoor, the Rudolf Engleder - their eighth and tenth heavy bomber victories respectively. /JG 1. This was actually Schuhmacher's fifth victory of the war to date, the first four having been scored when he was a Zerstorer pilot back in 1940. Meanwhile, I. /JG 26 were claiming a more modest five Flying Herausschiisse. Again, one of the first to go Gruppenkommandeur\ Major Johannes Seifert of Kapitan o f his 7. JG 26, while the Naumann — who rejoiced in the nickname o f 'Focke' — took his heavy bomber score to five.
A Writer at War: Vasily Grossman with the Red Army 1941-1945 by Vasily Grossman