30. August 1942
30 Aug 1942. I’m going on leave. For the first time in one and a half years! And what all lies in between: Fights and battles, mortal danger, blazing heat and freezing cold, days and nights without sleep, trembling and jubilation of victory, failure and conquering the weaker self. As the leave was granted unexpectedly, this time I could only take a basket of grapes with me. Only the permission to wear the Ostmedaille is still issued to me. My first leave as a fighter at the front. And so I drive towards my home town, decorated with the EK II, the Infantry Assault Badge in Silver and the Eastern Medal on paper (Photo).
I enjoyed the holiday and the reunion with parents and acquaintances. Trude, my holiday companion from Juist, even came from Pforzheim. To my and my parents’ delight and surprise, after eight days my brother also happens to arrive on leave. He is a sergeant with a flak unit in Russia.
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- Pay book p. 23
- The award is entered in the [[Appendix/Diary-Photos#Soldbuch22|pay book] with the date 25.07.1942. The circumstances described on these pages again show that the pay book entry was backdated.