The trench littered with bones. Soldiers exhumation
Last weekend search group “Bridgehead” (Slavyansk) discovered the remains of 8 soldiers from the Second World War. The group conducted reconnaissance in one of the fields in the Kharkov region.
At first, we found one soldier Red Army soldier, and it was immediately clear that he had died in a gruesome way. First of all, we found the soldier among fragments of an armored vehicle, most likely parts of a T-34 tank. We all found buttons from a tank man’s overalls, as well as electric fuses. We then realized that the body was located in a small gutter, where he was probably once dragged by local residents and then partially entangled in barbed wire. Time is running out. We started the exhumation of a soldiers.
We four more soldiers just 400 meters from the first body. They had apparently been hiding in a hastily-dug trench, the depth of which would have been no more than a meter. The soldiers were in a sitting position and, judging by the remains, were killed by a mortar mine.
Near the soldiers were found fragments of ammunition and uniforms of the 1943 model, items of equipment of an early period, and a glass flask. The soliders were still wearing backpacks with clothing, bags with ammunition, and personal items: penknives, mugs and bowlers. One of the soldiers was was wearing trophy boots. Also found was a purse with fragments of paper that were sent to experts in Kiev.