Thursday, 27 September 2018

Kidnapping, Belorussian Style

"USSR NKO
Directorate of Armoured and Mechanized Forces of the 1st Belorussian Front
August 18th, 1944

To the Chief of Staff of the 16th Air Army, Lieutenant-General of Aviation, comrade Braiko

According to a report of the 1st Krasnodar Mechanized Corps, Lieutenant-General Krivoshein, on August 5th, 1944, an adjutant of the 219th Assault Air Regiment, Sr. Lieutenant Polyakov, stole a Willys vehicle along with the driver, Golub, belonging to the 19th Mechanized Brigade.

I ask for your order to return the Willys vehicle to the 19th Mechanized Brigade and to take measures against Sr. Lieutenant Polyakov for his selfish actions.

I ask you to report on the measures taken.

Chief of Staff of Armoured and Mechanized Forces of the 1st Belorussian Front, Colonel Ulyanov"
"To the Chief of Staff of Armoured and Mechanized Forces of the 1st Belorussian Front

RE: #102615

According to the commander of the 219th Assault Air Regiment, the Willys and its driver were picked up in nonfunctional condition for the provision of technical aid. A report on the situation arrived before your request. The Willys was repaired. I ask you for directions where to send it.

If this is not a realistic representation of the situation, I ask you to inform me so that the commander of the 219th Air Assault Regiment can be held responsible.

Chief of Staff of the 16th Air Army, Lieutenant-General of Aviation, Braiko"


3 comments:

  1. I'm definitely going to be using "Not a realistic representation of the situation" as a euphemism going forward.

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  2. I find the wording quite hilarious. How can one understand 'nonfunctional condition' for the driver? was he dead? unconscious? asleep? or unfit for duty anymore?

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    1. He was drunk and so was comrade jeep

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