4. August 1941
Cauldron Battle of Uman
8.4.41. Rumor has it that we’ll be deployed. In the area of Uman, several Soviet divisions have been encircled, whose destruction we should be called upon. In fact, we turn north and reach a village in the evening. Hardly in the quarter, I get the orders for the next day: “... Fahrzeugstaffel I ... Fahrzeugstaffel II ...”. This is the combat ready grouping of the train. Combat train, ammo train, kitchen train. Now I know. I give the necessary orders for my platoon and am about to lie down to catch some sleep. There the company commander comes in again and complains about the inadequate feeding of the horses. He scolds terribly and orders me to personally go with those fetching food. So I accompany the driver on the meadow, have them mow grassland while the bright moon helps us, and then return to the quarters with the heavily loaded vehicle. Midnight is over by now.
- Orlowo (according to “Bericht über den Einsatz des verst. I.R. 477 in der Schlacht bei Podwysskoje vom 5.–8.8.1941” p. 1 in KTB 257. I.D., T-315 Roll 1803 Frame 000555)
- see Organisation chart of the Weapons Company of an Infantery Batallion