"A Shell Saved Lives" Dinara's Grandfather
The war has left deep traces in his soul. Dead bodies of friends and mates all over the place. Oppressive feeling of despair. That day grandfather will never forget. Grandfather Abutalip served as antitank rifleman. Since antitank rifle was quite heavy missile, it needed two people, one to shoot and the other to carry shell. Abutalip had an Uzbek mate, who usually carried three shells. This Uzbek mate lived from hand to mouth before the war period. In order to send something to his starving family in Uzbekistan, he used to take off watches from German soldiers dead body. Whether the burden of these watches was heavy enough, or for some other reasons that day he took only two shells.
The battle was not over yet. He shot a glance over the place in search of missile. The value of this shell was far much invaluable than the watches. At last, he spotted one shell. Taking it, he recharged the rifle as fast as possible. Only by that time he saw how close the German tank “Tiger” approached them. There was a last shell to shoot. Maybe a last thing he would ever manage to do before death would grab human lives. Shot banged. A “Tiger”, a tank that was deemed to be undestroyable, collapsed! The enemy was taken aback. They thought that there might have been much more anti-tank rifle (actually, grandfather’s anti-tank rifle was one of few left). Taken aback by destruction of “Tiger”, the enemy retreated. If there was not that last shot from antitank rifle, fascist might have been more persistent in their attack, killing more numerous soldiers left.