Two very battle weary German soldiers with the 1,000 yard state whilst under intense shelling near Kharkov, 1943. As you can clearly see they are in a trench which was an extremely common defensive feature on the Eastern Front. The Germans used them extensevily especially during their massive retreats from 1943 to 1945. Their trench systems were like any other but not as reinforced and usually hastily and quickly dug. One of the most synananmous features of the German trenches were a dugout which was like a bunker where all the troops lived, ate, and slept. They usually didn't spend much time above ground since it was bitterly cold or they were being shelled. The only time they would come above ground is to repel an enemy attack and many times they failed and had to retreat, unable to bury their dead or identify them. In the dugout it was usually very small, fit maybe 10 people, and it was just an all around uncomfortable place to fight in. Since the trenches were usually hastily built they commonly collapsed burying men alive. Someone on my street had a husband who fought on the Eastern Front with the Germans and actually survived! He was buried by a Soviet shell fire and it took hours for him to be rescued but luckily he found a pocket of air. For the rest of his life he would have nightmares about that event and never forgot it. I may be going to talk with her soon so if you'd like to hear more please tell me in the comments! Colorized by me and couple months ago.