And the Dog Ate Our Homework

Rostov-on-Don was a critical rail junction and river port in World War Two and the Germans seized the city on 21 November 1941. Seven days later on 30 November 1941, the Soviets drove them out of the city. A gleeful announcement of this was made by the Soviets which prompted the following response on 1 December by Captain Sommerfeldt, official press spokesman of the German General Staff. Yes, it was true that the Soviets had retaken Rostov-on-Don. But there were darn good reasons for that: the Russians had concentrated a large group of soldiers in one small area for their attack,

…the population of Rostov had joined in the battle as snipers [surely not], that German troops had been greatly hindered by mines [really? They had never encountered mines before?] and that the Russians had attacked regardless of losses [Wow, was that a surprise?].

(Source: Behind the Steel Wall: A Swedish Journalist in Berlin 1941-1943 by Arvid Fredborg)

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Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website:

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