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When Hell Froze Over

When Hell Froze Over

 Trees shed their leaves,
 the worms dig in deeper
 Mothers cry and grieve
 woman is the best weeper

 Cold blasting each night,
 birds froze on the ground
 Sad hell was the fight
 no hope was ever found

 Winter ate their souls,
 the keepers of evil hearts
 Soldiers fought epic goals
 the dead filled the carts

 War or cold killed more,
 dead is dead, hope gone
 Wasted prayers to implore
 heroes frozen all alone

 Trail, path frozen dead,
 winter sent home too soon
 asleep but not in a bed
 never to sing another tune

 Retreat frenchmen knew well,
 as their army frozen there
 Now germans found this hell
 in the frozen land of the bear!

 Robert J.Lindley, 09-20-2014
 Hitler's armies were frozen out just as were Napoleon's in the previous century. Russian winter was an enemy that killed mercilessly.The winter of 1941-42 was one of the worst in  recorded history. Daily temperatures fell to 40 degrees below zero. German soldiers had not been issued with warm winter clothing as Hitler believed that the invasion would be over by the winter. Soldiers froze to death in their sleep,
 diesel froze in fuel tanks and food was in very  short supply. Russian soldiers had been issued with winter clothing and did not suffer as badly as their German enemies....



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  1. Date: 9/21/2014 2:32:00 PM

    outstanding piece excellently drawn on history
  1. Date: 9/21/2014 11:50:00 AM

    War is hell but the fact that 41 and 42 were the two most severe winters in recorded history there points to divine action I think. For that truly extreme cold hampered and weakened the German armies far more than that of the Russian defenders. Millions of civilians died in the each of the sieges of Leningrad and Stalingrad .
  1. Date: 9/21/2014 11:41:00 AM

    If only fathers - mothers - and sons could be in charge... there wouldn't be ' any hell freezing over' ......... for sure. A poem about the men an women on the spot... with the guys in charge making decisions in far better conditions....
  1. Date: 9/21/2014 10:31:00 AM

    Beautiful poem with a historical essence Robert! Women is the best weeper,, she is best at everything else she does! Loved the rhyme!