II WOJNA SWIATOWA NA SAHARZE
War which soldiers did not want, nor fully understand. For them it had been a simple matter of duty and patriotism..
,,..on foot and with no way of retreating, they were forced to fight and die as they stood. Many of the regiments had been on the front line for nearly 3 years. ..food , water, ammunition reached them late if at all. Medical supplies failed to arrive, making it almost impossible to tend the wounded and sick…....
...,, soldiers were under tremendous and constant fire from the enemy as they made their painful way on foot through the desert, tormented by hunger and thirst...
Soldiers fought to the last shot and to death....
,,Soldiers in both armies were pushed to the limits of human endurance
,,...men in the last stages of human misery...men in depths of illness and despair. Put a man in a dugout the shape of grave; shell and bomb him, kill his friends, let the desert be his scenery, and a stony ridge his lookout; give him a bottle of water each day; make him stay at his sand-swept post, though weak with dysentery or enteric fever, for weeks on end, until sand and stone and shells became his world, for months until he
becames a hopeless weary animal…"
BITWY NA PUSTYNI
,, the desert....was clouded by the bursts of high explosives, darkened by the smoke of scores of burning tanks and trucks, lit by the flashes of innumerable guns, shot through by red, green and white tracers, shaken by heavy bombing from the air and deafened by the artillery of both sides,,,,”
,,the desert was quivering with heat. The gun detachments and the platoons squatted in their pits and trenches, the sweat running in rivers down their dust-caked faces. There was a terrible stench. The flies swarmed in black clouds upon the dead bodies and tormented the wounded. The place was strewn with burning tanks and carriers, wrecked guns and vehicles, and over all drifted the smoke and the dust from bursting high explosive and from the blasts of guns”
..,,......night time brought the cover of darkness. It was then that both sides would work on forward entrenchments, mine laying, bury the dead and conduct raids. When dawn came both sides would remain in contact by lobbing shells at one another until the sunshine and dust began to create mirage effects and targets became blurred....”