20 July 2013

20th July 1943: repair complete

20 Tues. Cool, but getting warm later; dull & cloudy, still windy. Did some shopping locally. Finished repairing Alf's pick-up and returned it in perfect order but his set needs attention. Met Alan & Vera.

On this day: from 19-21 July German planes attack Russian tanks near Orel (or Oryol), inflicting the heaviest losses ever suffered by armoured vehicles from the air. Modern photo shows the city's sculpture of  Orel ( meaning eagle). Orel was occupied by Germans on 3 Oct 1941 and liberated on 5 Aug 1943. The city was almost completely destroyed.

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