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    #41635
    MartinR
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    Lt General Bork mentions them in this article:

    http://www.allworldwars.com/Comments-on-Russian-Roads-and-Higways-by-Max-Bork.html

    frozen bodies only (incorporated into ice roads).

    He was a logistics commander at OKH.

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    #41650
    Chris Pringle
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    To be precise, Bork says “Ice roads made use of frozen bodies of water” – by which he surely just means that they ran across frozen ponds / lakes / rivers. Nothing to do with fallen soldiers. But it could be where the story comes from.

    Chris

    #41653
    Phil Gray
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    Strictly speaking this is off topic, but it does involve the field use of the corpses of Soviet PoWs by the Germans – an Italian journalist (Curzio Malaparte) wrote that the Germans used them as route markers (the Germans called them ‘traffic police) at road junctions on the Leningrad (Oranienbaum) front… [the book is called ‘Kaputt’]…

    Sand, not oil, in the gears of the world.

    #41658
    Patrice
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    Frozen bodies would probably not make any difference in winter, but the engineer units working to maintain the roads would certainly have something to say about it when spring comes…

    http://www.argad-bzh.fr/argad/en.html
    https://www.anargader.net/

    #41677
    Sane Max
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    Frozen bodies would probably not make any difference in winter, but the engineer units working to maintain the roads would certainly have something to say about it when spring comes…

    Ah yes, but the Joy of this method is that by the time spring Thaw came the road engineers mending that bit of Road would no longer be German.

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