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The bombardment falls on us like a tearing animal, and we crawl and hide in a cellar that is half bombed away. At every impact I duck and think the cellar will collapse and bury us. The earth above us is vibrating. An earthquake must be like this, I think. My nerves are fluttering. I never had imagined that I could have feared so much for my life. But it is for the best, because one is sitting here in the building like a hunted rabbit and waiting. One can do nothing, nothing at all. The only possibility is to go out and walk.
The gravel crawls into my collar and mixes with my sweat. I roll forward and pull both containers behind the block. Küpper also has let go of his container and pulls it into cover. He lays a few steps away by the covering wall. I want to go to him and make a step forward, but I fall into the void, into a black hole. Hands grab me and get me on my feet again. ‘Not so fast,’ a deep voice says. And then: ‘Where are you coming from all of a sudden? We were about to fire on you—you’ve been lucky,’ Domscheid tells him.
The enemy artillery only fired reasonably strong, and there was hardly any counterbattery fire. The enemy air force, after very strong bombing attacks overnight and an attempted attack while we were assembling in the day, did not become operational any longer. Our own Luftwaffe was fantastic and untiring in its support. Tomorrow the attack will be continued with the focus on the southern half of the tractor works. ” Heinrich Schlapp. Unteroffizier Heinrich Schlapp of the 389th Artil -lery Regiment of the 389th Infantry Division recounts: “The last large-scale at -tack on October 14 finally brought us possession of the tractor factory.