In Galich there was also something new. These were beautiful German fortifications. Dams were dug, reinforced with a double sheathing of thick logs and dug under the very base of the high mountain of Galich. Huge cellars for artillery shells were also built, and around all this, bowling alleys, showers and gazebos of white, made out of birch tree bark. See more
Usually the Germans, when leaving their positions, get rid of everything, even sweep the floor as to not leave any papers behind - for example, envelopes from letters from which one could guess the compositions of the occupying regiment.
This time they were in a hurry and left behind shells and some unimportant pieces of paper. All of the artillery was taken away by them. Soldiers had fun in the busy city, as usual. They launched rockets, tested grenades, took out equipment and utilised it. It was sunny and very peaceful. And quiet, quiet, as if in some kind of resort in the autumn after everyone has left.
We found a German staff guide to fraternisation.
We arrived in Kiev. Over the city there flew a yellow-blue flag, Ukrainian soldiers were guarding the Duma, and on the streets there were rallies: Russians argued with Ukrainians, the Jews were sulking and waiting for a bearing. See more
The situation is nasty.