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Eastern Front Combat: The German Soldier in Battle from Stalingrad to Berlin (Stackpole Military History Series)
 
 

Eastern Front Combat: The German Soldier in Battle from Stalingrad to Berlin (Stackpole Military History Series) [Kindle Edition]

Hans Wijers
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Appearing for the first time in English, these are first-person accounts by German soldiers who fought in bloody combat on the Eastern Front in World War II. Includes stories from a panzer crewman who survived the fighting at Stalingrad--as well as a paratrooper making a last stand before Berlin. Many of the photos have never been published before.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6933 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books (1 Nov 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AVZSQAK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good book 29 Aug 2013
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A Good Book
a subject that I have read widely and this is just another book to give me more background to WW2
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3.0 out of 5 stars Eastern Front Combat 11 Dec 2009
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This book is a Dutch translation of the author's interview notes with various German combat veterans who fought on the Eastern Front. It covers the period from Stalingrad to Berlin and reflects the combatents thoughts at the time. What immediately strikes one as strange, is the logic of those trapped in the Stalingrad pocket who wonder why " the beastly Russians could do this to us" conveniently forgetting that it was Germany who invaded Russia & conducted the most bestial and savage military campaign in modern history. The interviews are not helped by the dreadful translation. The book is peppered with mis spellings & quaint phrases. 88mm Flak Guns are referred to as "tubes" and a retreating enemy is described as "bugging out" It could do with some serious editing. Not the best of it's type by a long way.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, There are Many Better Books Available 30 Sep 2008
By David M. Dougherty - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a collection of stories, six of them, by German combat veterans who fought on the Eastern Front. Unfortunately there are many better first person books relating the authors' experiences on the Eastern Front. I will list a few below.

The first story by Ernst Panse is a shortened version of his earlier book, which was very short to start with, covering his experiences from November, 1942 to his surrender at Stalingrad. This is an excellent story, but leaves the reader wanting more.

The second story is by Joacchim Stempel that makes up the bulk of the book but is often nothing more than directives and Wehrmacht communiques. This was simply not in the spirit of the book.

Chapter Three written by Albert Liesegang was too short (4 pages) to do much of anything.

Chapter Four was the best of the bunch and told the story (by Alfred Regeniter) of his combat experiences during the death throes of Army Group North in Lithuania and East Prussia. The author was an assault gun commander, and his view of the battles was captivating.

Chapter Five was a composite by Gerd Doehler and Hans Kamradek fighting along the upper Oder in Poland/Silesia. This was moderately interesting, but difficult to follow.

The last chapter by Guenther Meyer, named as "Surviving the Russian Offensive at the Seeloewer Heights", was only six and a half pages long and covered very little combat.

Pass this one up. Read instead:
Allenberger; "Sniper On The Eastern Front"
Carius; "Tigers In The Mud"
Knappe; "Soldat"
Sajer; "The Forgotten Soldier"
Koschorrek; "Blood Red Snow"
Zieser; "The Road To Stalingrad"

If you are still hungry after this feast, read the Stackpole books, "Infantry Aces" and "Panzer Aces", Volumes I and II.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A big disappointment 18 May 2009
By Marc L. Tavasci - Published on Amazon.com
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I really enjoy books on World War II's Eastern Front, so I picked this one up with high hopes. While I don't completely regret my decision, I wish I had known more about this book prior to purchasing.

The title isn't exactly accurate--some of the chapters have very little combat. In my opinion, the only chapter worth reading was the one by the assault gun commander. The others, while providing a good view of the terrible conditions endured by the German soldiers, lack action and provide only general narratives about combat. One chapter, which takes up a fair amount of the book, is filled mostly with OKW communiques and Wehrmacht battle reports, thus giving the reader very little of the personal recollections this book purports to have. There are virtually no maps as well, so bone up on your Russian, Polish and Eastern German geography!

I have high regard for the various books published by Stackpole and have found several of them to be really good. However, this one had quite a few typos and grammatical errors (some probably caused by translational issues, but still...) and this was surprising given my previous experiences with Stackpole books.

There are plenty of better books on this subject if you can find them:
The Forgotten Soldier by Guy Sajer, War on the Eastern Front by James Lucas and The Black March by Peter Neumann are a small sampling of much better personal accounts of Eastern Front combat.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor Work On An Interesting Topic 8 Aug 2011
By Fleland - Published on Amazon.com
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Don't waste money on this. Parts are interesting, but the majority of the book is just german press releases. Very disappointing book for such an interesting subject.
11 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Eastern Fron Narrative!! 8 Sep 2008
By J. W. Russell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Hans has gotten a reputation as an honest writer who gets the story right. He draws his info right from the source and puts it into an easy to digest and well represented format. His use of private photos, sometimes being released for the first time, backed up with good maps of the area, really put the reader right in the middle of the action. Everybody who studies WWII knows the big picture on most of the battles, but what Hans brings to the reader is the personal, on the ground and in your face perspective of the battle. He has actually walked, taken photos of some of the areas he writes about and interviews combatants from BOTH sides of the battle, to give the reader a look into what really happened on a deep, meaningful and personal level. He gives a couple of lines of the battle as an over view, then gets right into the battle, usually teaming up past combatant interviews so you know what happened on both sides. There is a reason Oliver North and BBC have sought Hans out for his indepth knowledge of the battles when they did their Ardennes pieces. I HIGHLY recommend this book and look forward to seeing more of his stuff on the shelf!!

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ENJOY!!!

Jon W. Russell
4.0 out of 5 stars Eastern Front Through The Eyes Of German Soldier's 23 Jun 2009
By V. Zacherl - Published on Amazon.com
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If you love WW2 history as much as I do, then this is a great book to buy. I have a collection of many memoirs from the German point of view from all sectors of the Eastern Front, and this book really throws the reader into Stalingrad and many other fronts which I found fascinating and worth reading. The only thing that I found slightly disapointing, is the book is made up of 6 different soldiers recollections and just as you are starting to enjoy and immerse your self in their story it ends far to quickly and a new one begins. Having said this it should not deter anyone from buying this book. If you love this type of history then this book is worthwhile to have in your collection.
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