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A Better Comrade You Will Never Find Hardcover – 2010


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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: J. J. Fedorowicz; 1st edition (2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0921991975
  • ISBN-13: 978-0921991977
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 989,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eastern Front experiences of Helmut Schiebel from 1941 to the end of WW II. The author took part in the invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941 as a member of the 43 Motorcycle Infantry Battalion of the 13 Panzer Division. In September he left for an Officer Candidate course in Germany, returning as a Leutnant and platoon leader to the division's reconnaissance battalion at the end of April 1942. He was wounded at the end of June and retuned to Russia in September 1943. On the way to the 18 Panzer Division, he found out that the division was being dissolved and opted to transfer to the antitank branch. He arrived at Panzerjager Abteilung 88 in October 1943 where he was given a manual for antitank troops and soon after became a platoon commander on a Marder tank destroyer.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bougeac on 9 Jan 2012
Format: Hardcover
I have read MANY first hand accounts of eastern front experiences. Some had that "hmmm, not sure if this is actually real" taste to them, this book on the other hand, in my opinion is the real deal. Helmuts book is based on his war diaries, letters he sent home and his own recollections and is both sobering and at times very moving. Dont let the price put you off, i paid similiar but its worth every penny, couldnt put it down.

Highly recommended
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By simon on 6 Oct 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Having looked at this one for some time I took the plunge and bought it.

My first comment , based purely upon opening the covers, is that its a 6x9inch publication and there are very detailed maps within its contents.

THESE ARE TOTALLY POINTLESS AS YOU CANNOT READ A THING ON THEM.

If you are going to print such helpful information, the book needs to be in a larger format.

Hopefully, the book is written well and I will enjoy the remainder of its contents.

Just finished reading 'Jochen Peiper - justice denied' by David G Williams. An excellent well written piece by a very enciteful human being.
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a better comrade you will never find 13 Aug 2012
By lynG - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I found this book to be a very good first person account of the horrendous fighting on WW2's Eastern front. While not as gripping as Guy Sajer's "The Forgotten Soldier," it still is an action packed war story of a group of panzerjagers (tank hunters) using at first Marder II tank destroyers, before being trained on the more effective Hornisse/Nashorn self propelled guns, with the longer, more deadly 88mm gun. The author, Helmut Schiebel's unit, panzerjager abteilung 88 in short order became a very effective tank destroyer force, destroying much Soviet armor & PAK anti-tank guns, as well as droves of Red infantry when required. Many Soviet atrocities against German P.O.W's, wounded German soldiers, & German civilians are described here, as the further the Red army got into Germany, the more beastial was their behaviour towards all of German descent, especially mass rape of German women. The men of Schiebel's battalion were a very close-knit band of brothers. The "comrade" in the book's title was not describing one man, but all of them, as they are killed one by one as the war progresses, but are still comrades to the end, even knowing that the war was lost. There are 20 pgs. of photos, as well as several very good computer color images of the Marder II & Hornisse tank destroyer vehicles that Leutnant Schiebel & his unit used, in the back of the book, as well as several maps. I found this book to be well worth the money. My only complaint was that it is too short, with only 266 pgs, maps & photos included.
Excellent read 19 April 2014
By scott bailey - Published on Amazon.com
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Book traces the author and his unit in combat from its training to it surrender to the americans. Most of the action is in russia where the reader gets to see the amount of destuction these anti- tank destroyes can do to the russian tank force. In the middle of action trying to stop each russian offensive these anti-tank crew inflict damage upon the russian with great skill.
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