“The average age for our group was 20; but we all looked much, much older. The cold, hunger, fatigue and constant fighting had taken its toll.

If one looked into the sunken eyes of a comrade there was nothing boyish left in them. All youthful twinkles and innocence had long been exchanged for another ghastly face of humanity.

Kill or be killed. Not what any of us wanted, but there was not much choice.”
– Andreas Hartinger, German Army. World War Two.
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Source: Until The Eyes Shut, by Andreas Hartinger