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Eastern Inferno: The Journals of a German Panzerjager on the Eastern Front 1941-43 Hardcover – 30 Sep 2010

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Casemate (30 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935149474
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935149477
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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His dedication in keeping these journals, and that they did survive, is very rare. --www.militarymodelling.com

Put simply....this is one of the best accounts of war by an ordinary soldier I have ever read, made all the more poignant by the fact that Hans Roth never made it home to see his beloved Rosel again. You will constantly have to remind yourself that the author of these journals was a man our fathers considered a mortal enemy. He was...but he was so much more. Do yourself a favour....read this. --www.modelarmour.com, April 2011

Roth's journals provide a fascinating insight into the thought processes and views of a normal soldier in the German army on the Eastern Front. --History of War, April 2011

..without a doubt a unique account that offers many new insights and details which the author himself may have suppressed has he survived. It shows why the Eastern Front was totally different, the horrors kept from those at home… --Military Modelcraft International, July 2011

This is a harrowing yet poignant story of an ordinary soldier caught up in the worst that war can bring. --Miniature Wargames, May 2011

…a very interesting book which gives you the human side of a man reluctantly sucked into a war…gives a glimpse into both the subtle influences of the Nazi State on its soldiers and attitudes… --Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy, September 2011

This is a harrowing yet poignant story of an ordinary soldier caught up in the worst that war can bring. --Miniature Wargames, May 2011

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By T. Kunikov on 9 Aug. 2011
Format: Hardcover
A diary from a Wehrmacht soldier participating in the invasion of the Soviet Union is an extremely rare find, especially one this forthcoming. Hans Roth's notes, commentary, descriptions, and candid portray of the fighting on the Eastern Front are a necessity for those interested in the clash between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. Most importantly, as pointed out by the editors, the grandson and granddaughter of the author, this diary was written by Roth as the events he described were unfolding, not years or decades after-the-fact. Thus, what we have before us is a depiction of the author's thoughts with little if any self-censorship. The editorial notes, evident throughout the text, on the other hand, are a mixed bag. At times they are helpful but there is also evidence of the editors' naiveté when it comes to the Eastern Front, i.e. assigning Soviet victory outside Moscow in 1941/42 to 'General Winter' and 'Siberian' divisions. Furthermore, there are quite a few editing mistakes throughout the text. Not enough to take away from the reading, but enough to be noticed on a more or less regular basis.

While what Roth sees is limited to his field of vision, there is still some validity in knowing his train of thought at any given moment. For instance, before the invasion of the Soviet Union I was surprised to read that on June 15, 1941, Roth posits that "Russian scouts were on our side of the river [Bug] last night..." (23) Having read on the Eastern Front for over a decade, I have yet to encounter any discussion of Soviet scout missions behind German lines before June 22nd, especially considering the fact that Stalin and the Soviet high command regularly had orders going out that no provocation(s) should be made against German forces.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Captain X on 15 Aug. 2011
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Content-wise there is nothing more to add to the previous reviews, which say it all. Indeed, this account, or rather diary, allows the reader to enter into the mindset of the average German soldier fighting in the East and, through his eyes, to experience the brutality that went along with this particular theatre of war. Lately, quite a number of firsthand accounts have beeen published in Germany but, unfortunately, too few are available in English and some are written from nowadays' point of view. A wartime diary, however, is free from the regret, guilt and political correctness, which most veterans feel today and tend to obscure the events which happened over 65 years ago.
Surely it must have been a difficult task to translate a handwritten manuscript. If you are not overly familiar with proper military terms in German and experience problems with "oldschool" German handwriting, it is inevitable to make some mistakes. These may be irrelevant at times (not every German noun necessarily ends in "n") but others change the original meeaning: ...the German soldier [...] fights for the great goat (der groß Ziege) [sic!]", p. 38. It shouldn't read "die große Ziege" either but rather "die großen Siege", meaning "great victories". Perhaps I am being a bit picky here but I believe this book to be too important a source to have its content marred by silly mistranslations. This, however, occurs only in some places and shouldn't keep anybody from buying this truly remarkable eyewitness account.
If you are interested in reading more German accounts translated into English, then I recommend the following books:

Blood Red Snow by Günther K.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Nygate on 24 April 2012
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"Homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto", or "I am a man, I consider nothing that is human alien to me." Terence, Roman playwright.

These are the diaries of a brave German soldier who fought on the Eastern Front from 1941 to 1944. The diaries have the rare distinction as being contemporary; that is to say they were written as the events unfolded and not after the war. They have been recently translated into English.

Hans Roth left a loving wife and daughter in Frankfurt when he was drafted to fight on the Eastern Front at the age of twenty-eight. His journals give a fascinating personal account of the war. They are written in soldier's language, sometimes with a wry humour; he was a "frontline pig."

There are many descriptions of fighting and the terrible conditions of life on the Ostfront. Just to give a flavour of the book I will give a few examples...

...The book opens a few days before the invasion of Russia. Private Roth is proud to be part of this offensive which he believes is necessary to defend Europe from barbarous communism...

...Some partisans are arrested. Three of them are beautiful girls ranging in age from eighteen to twenty. After interrogation the commander decides they must be executed because they are part of a group that killed German soldiers. Roth cannot witness this. After the executions everyone is quiet for the rest of the afternoon...

...On September 26th 1941 Roth has a conversation with a young SS soldier of the "kill commando" whose function was to murder the Jews in the captured territories. The young (19!) SS man explains to Roth how the Jews dug trenches over two days to hold 1500 bodies.
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