"The unshakable confidence in victory of the German people cannot be better characterized than by the fact of the incessant flow of volunteers, even in the 6th year of the branches....Trained by experienced instructors front with the latest and best weapons they will stand at the front in the foreseeable future."

In just six weeks, the recruits would have to learn the tips that might help them survive at least their first day fighting the Russians. Field training and weapons practice were the chief activities. At night, and in the thick mists that settled over the wintery countryside, they practised map reading and navigation. Life was hard for the recruits who until then had enjoyed all the comforts of a home life such as they were in these difficult times. Still, their living conditions were no worse than those I experienced during two cruel winters on the Ostfront.

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