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The others were just hoping to make it through the day with a minimum of effort. To relieve the late winter tedium, I volunteered for night reconnaissance on two occasions. Normally reconnaissance was done by the infantry. They were thrilled whenever one of us would volunteer because it meant fewer of them would have to go. A first sergeant always accompanied us. We wore our helmets and carried our rifle and bayonets. There was always some anxious joking when we would leave, more for bravado than humor.
He threw open one of the swing doors and demanded to know why were we not shooting? Our squad leader explained that the gun had been too low and we needed to relocate it onto higher ground. He then turned and ordered me to go to the embankment and give fire coordinates. With an antitank gun you always need to have someone observing out front because with each round fired, the barrel blast sent dust and everything flying up. In such instances you are unable to see if you hit the target, or the ground in front, to the side or in the back of a tank.
Just in front of me a soldier eating at the table was silently watching the man in the chair beside him picking off body lice then triumphantly crushing each new discovery on the table top with his thumbnail. Overnight, lice invaded our clothing and bodies and they were impossible to eradicate. Outside you were cool enough so that they were not too active. But during the night when you were lying on the straw amid others who were already snoring, your body warmed and the bugs began crawling about, and you could scratch yourself until you were bloody.
Panzerjäger: Tank Hunter by William B. Folkestad, Visit Amazon's Bernhard Averbeck Page, search results, Learn about Author Central, Bernhard Averbeck,