The Soviet troops and citizens had been repelling German and Romanian attacks for 73 days. There were not enough guns and weapons, so they used improvised means. Mobile artillery batteries, for example, looked like this: the gun was mounted on an open platform, the platform was put on rails and an ordinary city streetcar took it to the battle, as the rails could reach it to the battle. Since there was a shortage of tanks, tractors were clad in armor and armed. The Odessans hoped that the self-made tanks would be more likely to scare than to wound the enemy. So, they were called “NI” – that is, “To Scare! (Na Ispug!)” An Odessa man remains an Odessa man in war as well!
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