The Crusader, Eighth Army Weekly, No. 41, Vol 4, February 8th 1943

C R U S A D E R Churchill From P. 1 On to Climax ! Speaking of his visit to Turkey, Churchill said the conference had been important and agreeable and the result would have im­ portant relation to the general world posit- ion. Friendship between Britain and Turkey, together with mutual trust, goodwill, sym­ pathy and understanding were in full vital­ ity again. “The world struggle,” Mr Churchill said, “is now proceeding with gathering moment­ um towards its climax. As to when that climax will be reached, as to whether fur­ ther unexpected vicissitudes may lie before us I shall attempt to say nothing, but at any rate as far as we have gone, we have every reason to rejoice." Here is the simplest, the grimmest and the most convincing evidence g w te have yet seen of the methods by which Hitler’s rule is enforced on g countries which fall into his power. It is a captured order issued by H.Q. § 125 German Infantry Regiment on 28 Ocotber 1941, when the unit was ° stationed in Jugoslavia. § a Q IO O O O O O O O O O aQ O Q O aaO Q O D O O O D aD O O D O O O O O O O O O aO O O D O O O O D O Q O O O O O C | O D D Q O O D D O Q O Supplementary regulations by GOC Serbia concerning the manner of car­ rying out executions make necessary the following amendments to Regim­ ental Orders of 16.10.41 : (a) W hen a large number of persons have to be dealt with they are to be distributed for shooting among units. (a) The bodies are to be buried in suffi­ ciently deep graves. Burning of bodies is to cease. T he placing of flowers on graves by the populace is to be prevented. THEY MAY KNEEL (c) In order to avoid unnecessary con­ tact with the bodies persons to be led di­ rectly to the edges of their graves. In the case of mass executions it is allowable to cause the hostages to kneel with their faces towards the grave. (d) Shooting of large numbers is to be carried out in groups of five to eight, one after the other. Those to be shot must have their legs tied. (e) Before the execution takes place those to be shot should have all papers re­ moved. A short report is to be made on the exe­ cution, showing : (i) Names of those shot ; (ii) Reasons for shooting ; (iii) Name of officer i/c ; (iv) Place, time ; (v) Name of the officer ordering the execution should be rendered. (f) The execution' is to be carried out in a very regimental manner with an officer in charge. Tw o to four men are to be de­ tailed for each man to be shot. Aim for the heart and head. After the volley the officer responsible will on orders from the medical officer detailed to attend fire a final shot into the body of each with a regulation pis­ tol 08 or 38 (no other calibre). Death is to be certified by the medical officer. PERSONAL EFFECTS (g) Articles of clothing (including foot­ wear) and personal effects of those shot will on no account be given to the local population. They are to be handed in, in exchange for a receipt, to the appropriate local military authority. Until the burial has been completed one officer is to be present. The order of 16.10.41 by the Command­ ing Officer, Inf. Regt. 15 is hereby cancel­ led and will be destroyed.” ¦ ¦ ¦ ¦ ¦ Old Moore Upse*s»»*«»«""J Nazis A prophesy in Old Moore’s Al­ manac that the war will end with ¦ an Allied victory in 1943 has upset the German Legation in Dublin, where copies of the al­ manac were on sale. The lega­ tion has protested that the pro­ phecy was a breach of neutrality and the Eire censors have order­ ed the deletion of the passage. • T he “Daily Mirror” says that it is apparently feared that the fore­ cast might drive home further the ¦ conviction held by most Southern Irishmen that the Allies are going » to win the war. This young Italian shows a keen interest in thy qim barrel. and the Brig s m i l e d J o c k hated Brigadiers. Jock hated sill brass hats’ on principle. The fiery invective he hurled at their unsuspecting heads would have curled their hair — if any. In fact. Jock had no use for the whole bally System bombardiers, sergeants, officers and all, individually and collectively. And yet when there was a job of work to be done Jock would get 'stuck in’ better than most. Now Jock isn't so sure. Bouncing along in the back of a truck the other day, he was laying it on as usual. Those brass hats’ and their posh cars ; living on the fat of the land ; doing Sweet Fanny Adams and drawing hefty 'screws’ for it, etc, etc. A staff-car crept up behind us and Jock looked out with a scowl. T he Brigadier was in the front seat. Jock looked at the Briga­ dier and the Brigadier looked at Jock. The Brigadier smiled. Jack's face went blank, then an answering grin spread right across it. T he staff car swept by and Jock turned to us. “Cripes, he SMILED at me ! What d’yer know about that — die Brig, smiled at me!” W hich puts Jock on nodding terms with the Brigadier — a privilege about which he does not fail to let us know at frequent intervals. D. B.
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