Benno Zieser's "The Road to Stalingrad" is an absorbing read of one German soldier's experiences on the Eastern Front in World War II. The period covered is brief, from just before the invasion of the Soviet Union ("Operation Barbarossa") in June 1941 to just prior to the surrender of the Sixth Army at Stalingrad in February 1943. (The author escapes the slaughter of the battle of Stalingrad, an event considered to be one of the largest battles in history that resulted in over 1.5 million casualties to both sides and a turning point in the Second World War, because he is injured shortly after the Soviets close the pincers around the Sixth Army and airlifted out as too feeble to continue to fight.)
The story is an excellent first-hand account, is very specific on the life of a German soldier (a machine-gunner), and done in a fluid, engaging style (one reason excerpts from this book are often found in generalized accounts of the Eastern Front). You get to meet and know not only the author but many of the author's comrades along the way, who are killed off one by one.
There are a few minor drawbacks, though. First, the writer never discloses which division of the German Army he was in, although there are probably enough clues (e.g., towns in which he was fighting and the approximate period he was in the town) that it could be narrowed down. Second, no pictures are provided, not even of the author. Third, no foreward or afterword is included regarding the writer's personal history, pre- or post-war. This lack of provenance for the work perhaps renders its authenticity a bit suspect, but overall it does contain the ring of truth in its tone, feeling, and content.
In addition, sometimes the translation from the German is too literal so that the meaning is lost. (E.g., the German "Nebelwerfer" is described as a smoke projector [a literal translation of its name] and not as a rocket launcher [its real use].)
(A cautionary note: This book was published in English in 1956. A paperback copy that aged (i.e., now over 50 years old) is going to be pretty fragile. My copy arrived in excellent shape but even after careful reading the pages are becoming separated from the binding, not to mention the fading and discoloration of the pages themselves.)