War

The next two poems are light-hearted. But they were written in the most difficult circumstances imaginable - at the worst period of the war for Russia, when Russian cities were being overrun one after another, and hundreds of thousands of Russian troops were being killed or captured. Several times Simonov found himself in a unit which was fighting for its life, surrounded by the German army. As a war correspondent, he traveled to and from Odessa, which was besieged, in a submarine. His life was in the balance almost every day...but he survived. He had partly convinced himself that Valentina loved him...

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