Under the Nazi Heel
Excerpt 7: Switching Trains
Zazulak halted deep in the shadow between two trains. He pointed at one of the cars. Oleskiw jumped onto the ladder built onto its side and Maurice cringed at the soft ring of his boots on the rungs. At the top, Oleskiw pulled a large white card from a frame on the side of the car and clambered back down.
Another man climbed the ladder of the car on the train beside the first one, brought down the card and exchanged for the one in Oleskiw’s hand. Then the two men re-climbed the ladders and replaced the cards.
“What the hell are they doing?” Maurice whispered.
“Switching the destination cards,” Zazulak explained. “Those cards indicate where each car is supposed to go. At each switching station—like this one—the Germans use the cards to tell where to send the car and how to organize the trains. Now, they’ll get the wrong supplies at different destinations along the front.”
“So? What good does that do?” Maurice whispered as he watched Mackiw and Oleskiw repeat their card exchange at the next pair of boxcars. “The supplies still get to the front.”
“You were an officer on the front lines, Maurice,” Zazulak said. “Think about what it would mean if you got extra socks when you needed ammunition.”
“We never got extra socks and we were always short of ammunition.”
“So that’s what we do? Play with the trains?” Maurice asked. “It may inconvenience Fritz, but surely we can do some more effective things.”
“Those are the orders for now,” Zazulak answered. “Disrupt, confuse, harry. Help Ivan to wear Fritz down until they’re both crippled.
“I have some doubts about that,” said Maurice.
Maurice had no way of knowing that, only a few months later when the Germans reached Stalingrad on the Volga River, missions like this would have a huge impact. With their supply lines stretching along vulnerable railways across thousands of miles of enemy territory, the Germans needed to control the movement of every uniform, every medical kit, every round of ammunition. And toward the end of the Battle of Stalingrad, which still ranks as the bloodiest, deadliest in the history of warfare, the battle that proved Germany’s defeat was inevitable, the desperate invaders would open boxcars labeled “ammunition,” to find crates of prophylactics.
Under the Nazi Heel
Walking Out of War, Book 2
For Ukrainians in 1942, the occupying Germans were not the only enemy.
Maurice Bury was drafted into the Red Army just in time to be thrown against the invading Germans in 1941. Captured and starved in a POW camp, he escaped and made his way home to western Ukraine, where the Nazi occupiers pursued a policy of starving the locals to make more “living space” for Germans.
To protect his family, Maurice joins the secret resistance. He soon finds the Germans are not the only enemy. Maurice and his men are up against Soviet spies, the Polish Home Army and enemies even closer to home.
Experience this seldom seen phase of World War 2 through the eyes of a man who fought and survived Under the Nazi Heel.
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About the author
Scott Bury just cannot stay in one genre.
After a three-decade career in journalism, his first published fiction was a children’s story, followed by an occult spy thriller. The Bones of the Earth, his first novel, crossed the boundaries between historical fiction and magic realism. He has also published spy thrillers and two police procedurals set in Hawaii.
Under the Nazi Heel is the sequel to Army of Worn Soles. They describe the real life experiences of Maurice Bury, a Canadian living in Ukraine during World War 2.
You can find all of Scott’s books and other writings at his website, The Written Word.