Diary entry of Roza Shanina (USEAAR, #27)

This post is part of an after-action report of Unconditional Surrender! (Salvatore Vasta, GMT Games) and therefore entirely fictitious.

Kufstein, January 25, 1943

Haven’t seen any combat for some time. We just held our part of the line at the Austrian pocket in the end, and when it collapsed, we rushed through the mountains as fast as we could – after all, we wouldn’t want the forces in the north to get all the glory in defeating the fascists! And as they are on the outskirts of Berlin already, we need to hurry to do something that can hold up against it.
However, today we saw something much more exciting than combat: British soldiers! As we reached the river Inn, we halted. Rumor soon had it in the army camp that the commander was in touch with our allies to coordinate a meeting. Once contact was established (and, presumably, select officers from both sides had greeted each other formally), the river was opened for fraternization. Boats went to and fro, and I went with some women from my platoon to the other side to take a look. The Brits seemed surprised – I haven’t seen any women in their army – but were rather courteous. They invited us for cigarettes and drinks, and even though none of them spoke any Russian (nor any of us more than a few words of English), we had a jolly time.
Now that we and the Brits have joined our forces, Germany is doomed. The war is truly coming to an end. We will be home soon.

1943-01-25

Roza Shanina with her sniper rifle.

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