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Operations on the Kalmuck Steppe - 1942.
4. In search of Panzerwerkstatt 545.
On September 28, 1942 I got the order to achieve Utta, and the next day I packed my backpack and started the journey. My first destination was the city of Pyatigorsk, located about 60 km WSW amid the Caucasus Mountains. I hitchhiked to a truck of the Waffen-SS, which left me in the middle of the city market. Everything looked like in times of peace, and had all kinds of food in abundance. I bought 3 kg of oranges and a large melon and sat down to eat at a guest house garden, where you could see the distant snow-capped peaks of 5,633 m high of Mount Elbrus.
Around noon I went on an electric train for Minerralnyje Vody, where I spent the night. The next morning I took an express train with personnel on leave, traveling home by Rostov. I traveled about 100 kilometers until it stopped in a town whose name escapes me. From here we continue on a truck of supplies from the army for a relatively good route towards Woroschilowsk, where I arrived late at night.
The following night we travelled in own supply trains of our division to Divnoje. I was lucky enough to find a messenger of the armored reconnaissance company (SpähKp) that had gotten there on his motorcycle with sidecar to get the mail. In addition to the mail bag, also he found room for me in the sidecar, and at night, around 19:00 hours we were back in Utta where I reported to my boss, Leutnant Schliep.
Overall my trip to the PzWerkstatt was 600 km and other 700 km back to Utta, within 15 days on the road. Meanwhile my vehicle had been declared again serviceable.
Long-range Reconnaissance to Astrakhan. Hitler moves East. Paul Carell.
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Serás lo que debas ser o no serás nada. General José de San Martín.