The Never-Ending War by Martin Roemers

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Polina Svyatogorskaya (born 1925), a Russian veteran of World War II (WW2).  She trained as a nurse.."When war broke out, I wanted to help to defeat the fascists.  But no military unit was willing to take me because I was only 16.  The railway troops were in Kazan and I said: 'Take me with you. You need me because I'm a nurse.' But they also felt that I was too young. So I kept on nagging until they finally took me."."The Germans had put mines across the rails so that there were a lot of accidents.  I was the operating assistant.  A leg was amputated during my first operation.  The doctor handed me the leg.  I wanted to give it back and said: 'Put that leg back on again.' They told me that I had to bury it.  .I went outside with it and cried my eyes out.  The soldiers, who saw me there, took the leg and buried it.  I had no idea that that was what war was like.".. CHECK with MRM/FNA