18. August 1941
Well after midnight I wake up to the familiar rattling and rattling of chains of passing vehicles. I run out and stand just in front of one of my company's carriages. I jump onto the vehicle and hear that there is mail for me. The driver will leave it for me at the next billet.
Change of location. We take another 1,000 prisoners to a collection point. The leader of the guards is the young lieutenant from the gatekeeper's cabin. A gunwoman walks among the prisoners. She wears the usual earth-brown uniform, but her breeches are sleeker than the plump trousers of the other Ivans. She is very pretty, strong and beautifully grown. A picture of a young woman. But a fanatical Bolshevik. When a Landser tries to pat her down for weapons, she shakes him off with a violent jerk and an angry look. A hissing cat! At the head of the column march four girls in uniform coats. We put them in the lead so they can set the marching pace. During a break in the march I asked them why they, as women, had gone to the front. Astonished and somewhat reproachful, they reply that they were paramedics. That explains everything, of course. I could have come up with this idea on my own, because they were very gentle and peaceful girls. As we marched on, some Russians got a bit sideways from the column. Then the lieutenant took the carbine from one of the soldiers and shot along the column from behind. A crazy guy! But the Ivans were back in the column in one leap. At the end of the column we also carried a captured 12-cm mortar, which we delivered at the marching destination.
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- When marching off at 5 p.m. in Gruskoye (KTB 257th I.D., NARA T-315 Roll 1803 Frame 000607), a good 25 km away, I.R. 477 passed the gatekeeper's cabin after midnight
- perhaps a rations or supply vehicle