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on 25 October 2013
This book is truly absorbing. Obviously the rarity of a personal account from a Waffen SS combat soldier is something in itself and this is very well written. The shock and disbelief the young SS soldiers experience when encountering the Russians is truly believable, especially when they leave their wounded Kameraden behind to the fate of the enemy with dire consequences. I was a little surprised at the level of animosity he showed against the Wehrmacht but this becomes understandable at the end as the witch-hunt begins.
Bartmann gives us a insight of what it was like to be an SS soldier in probably the most dangerous place in the world. He does not shirk responsibility and carry`s out ordered tasks with no concern for his own well being.
The retreat westwards is truly harrowing with the Russian vengeance on the civilian population particularly hard reading.
Obviously it his personal account during war time but I would be interested to see what happened post war, particularly to his brother and parents as there is little mention.
Suggest get the hard back as this is a book to own for life. Take down from the shelf every few years. You won`t need the TV on.