sible. The weather was terrible, the wind did not stop blo wing for one second, the sky was covered with dark clouds, and it was raining so hard that they could hardly see any thing round them. The men on board heard the voice of the radio calling out to them, but they were unable to answer because something had gone wrong with their own radio set.
When the storm calmed down, they saw that the waves had swept away almost all their food and fresh water, and that they were quite alone in the open sea.
On the 23rd February they were so weak that they could only lie still side by side, but they made up their minds to celebrate their holiday, Soviet Army Day. The one who was on duty that day took their last cigarette out of the box and they smoked it in turn.
On the forty-ninth day they heard a noise in the dis tance. It was an American plane. The pilot noticed them, and the four brave soldiers were soon out of danger on board an American ship. The sailors who had saved them were surprised to see that after all their misfortunes, these four young Soviet men had remained true friends, always doing their best to help each other.
Soon the heroes were brought back to the Soviet Union, Their names became known all over the world
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