By Terence Wise
This article via Terence clever explores a number of the attention-grabbing peoples who comprised the traditional armies of the center East: the Sumerians, who have been the 1st to introduce using bronze into conflict, and have been centuries prior to the Egyptians within the use of the wheel вЂ“ The Akkadians, whose citizen military used to be composed virtually totally of sunshine troops вЂ“ The Babylonians, whose humans have been granted land in go back for military provider вЂ“ the horned warriors of the Elamites вЂ“ the Egyptians, with thier heavy spearmen and archers вЂ“ the tribal and warlike Libyans вЂ“ Nubians and Ethiopians вЂ“ Hyksos вЂ“ the armies of the Hittite Empire вЂ“ the ocean humans and others.
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During their gradual eastward withdrawal across the Don toward Stalingrad, the German units repeatedly became involved in bitter fighting that flared up suddenly. In the process they slowly drew closer to one another and began to form a continuous front. The troops were subjected to extreme hardships, spending cold nights without sleep, making difficult marches without adequate rations, and fighting without sufficient ammunition against a far superior enemy. Often the soil was frozen so solid that the men were unable to dig in.
And these scoundrels, led by Jews and criminals, wanted to imprint their stamp on Europe, indeed on the world. ’ Realistic views were noted, however, and one man wrote: ‘We are deep in Russia in the so-called “paradise” which calls upon [German] soldiers to desert. Terrible misery reigns here. People have been unimaginably oppressed for two centuries. ’ A t ro c i t i e s 50 Over-confidence upon meeting an allegedly ‘inferior’ foe, based purely on racist criteria, bred a contempt during the early stages of the campaign that was soon punished.
We are on the move again some 50km north-eastwards. At the moment we are part of the Army reserve – and high time – we have already lost 50 in the company. It shouldn’t be allowed to continue much longer otherwise the burden will be really heavy. We normally have four men on the [anti-tank] gun, but for two days at a particularly dangerous point, we only had two. The others are wounded. Another Landser wrote: ‘Any fool knows you have to have losses, you can’t make omelettes without breaking eggs, but we were going to fight on to victory.