"A halt in the forest during a day. A German garrison is nearby; therefore no fires can be made. We dig a hole in the snow, cover it with spruce boughs, run here and there to get warm and then go to sleep. However, after a short while you start shivering from cold again. An order is given: 'Drink three gulps of alcohol and eat one biscuit each'. The commissar cheered up the troops… We were backtracking, on skis and without them. We were on the move for one night, one day, another night. Short rest to catch our breath, with skis still attached. We ate biscuits and 50 grams of sausage each. Tiredness was unbearable. If you fall, you fall asleep in snow, in all poses wherever you stop. Only the sentries stayed awake."
Excerpt from the Detonator handwritten journal of the USSR NKVD unit Boyevoi, Issue No.5, 1944