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Adventures in my Youth: A German Soldier on the Eastern Front 1941-45

Adventures in my Youth: A German Soldier on the Eastern Front 1941-45 [Kindle Edition]

Armin Scheiderbauer
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The author could be described as a 'veteran' in every sense of the word, even though he was only aged 21 when the war ended. Armin Scheiderbauer served as an infantry officer with the 252nd Infantry Division, German Army, and saw four years of bitter combat on the Eastern Front, being wounded six times.

This is an outstanding personal memoir, written with great thoughtfulness and honesty. Scheiderbauer joined his unit during the winter of 1941/42, and during the following years saw fierce combat in many of the largest battles on the Eastern Front. His experiences of the 1943-45 period are particularly noteworthy, including his recollections of the massive Soviet offensives of summer 1944 and January 1945. Participating in the bitter battles in East Prussia, he was captured by the Soviets and not released until 1947.

Adventures in my Youth is a unique memoir - the author originally wrote it only for his daughter. It has never been published in any language, until now.

About the Author

Armin Scheiderbauer was born in 1924, the son of an evangelical pastor. After attending schools in Thuringia, and Stockerau, he was called up in August 1941. He served with distinction on the Eastern Front until 1945, with 252nd Infantry Division, reached the rank of Oberleutnant, was wounded numerous times, and was awarded the Iron Cross 1st Class and close combat clasp. He was wounded and captured by the Red Army in March 1945, returning home in September 1947. In the postwar years, he became a senior lawyer in Vienna, and continued his close associations with the evangelical church. He married a doctor, and has one daughter, also a doctor! He now

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 616 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1906033773
  • Publisher: Helion (12 Aug 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055POAXI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #139,842 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Genuine totally 5 Aug 2013
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Great account of one mans war in his own words, without unnecessary embellishment or dramatization both objective and at times very introspective
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5.0 out of 5 stars Youth and growing up very fast 24 July 2013
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The personal record of a young man fighting in the worst possible theatre is touching, moving and also has an innocence about it
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4.0 out of 5 stars Adventures in my youth 13 July 2013
This is the military memoir of Austrian Armin Scheiderbauer who, whilst in his teens, fought on the Eastern Front, mainly during the German retreat through white Russia and Poland. He was eventually captured in a Danzig hospital and he then spent two and a half years in captivity. The book follows his call-up to his eventual release, about six and a bit years. As with most of these types of memoirs there are usually long stretches of boredom followed by moments of absolute horror. The many anecdotes are the best: the tank shell stopped by a hay bale and a belt buckle, the crossing of a river in white Russia, a wrong turn into an occupied village, the dried out corpses of Volkssturm in a cellar in east Prussia etc. I personally found his captivity most illuminating as I'd imagined it to be far worse than he describes! There are a few gripes: Armin refers to photographs but they are not reproduced, there are no maps of Poland/Russia so it's difficult to gauge what the local and wider picture is and there are German words that don't appear in the glossary. On the whole though, this is an interesting and excellent primary source.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading 31 Mar 2014
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Another German veteran it's hard not respect.
From an aesthetic background this young man developed as consciencious young officer who stuck by his training and beliefs.
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