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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: W&N (19 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780228201
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780228204
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in 1917 in Fredensborg, Denmark, Sven Hassel joined the merchant navy at the age of 14. He did his compulsory year's military service in the Danish forces in 1936 and then, facing unemployment, joined the German army. He served throughout World War II on all fronts except North Africa. When the war ended in 1945 he was transferred between Russian, American and French prison camps, and upon returning to Denmark, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for treason. He began writing Legion of the Damned during his time as a prisoner of war. His fourteen World War II books, which draw on his own encounters and experiences as a soldier, have sold over 53 million copies worldwide and have been published in more than 50 countries. He peacefully passed away in Barcelona in 2012, where he had resided since 1964.

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SS GENERAL is the definitive Stalingrad novel, a gripping portrait of war's brutal realities, now relaunched with a stunning new look.

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Born in 1917 in Fredensborg, Denmark, Sven Hassel joined the merchant navy at the age of 14. He did his compulsory year's military service in the Danish forces in 1936 and then, facing unemployment, joined the German army. He served throughout the Second World War on all fronts except North Africa. When the war ended in 1945 he was transferred between Russian, American and French prison camps, and upon returning to Denmark, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for treason. He began writing LEGION OF THE DAMNED during his time as a prisoner of war. His 14 Second World War books, which draw on his own encounters and experiences as a soldier, have sold over 53 million copies worldwide and have been published in more than 50 countries. He peacefully passed away in Barcelona in 2012, where he had resided since 1964.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Solo Walker VINE VOICE on 11 Dec. 2003
Format: Paperback
Sven's writing is stupendous! First read his books whilst serving as a soldier in Germany bombing around in armoured personnel carriers with Tanks supporting us - back in the 1970's His portrayal of war is so realistic and was then easy to relate to as we played soldiers. Years later reading his books again I'm struck by his characterisation and how well developed they are as they continue to hold on to life and dish out death. The hardships that generation went through still amaze me and how an evil little Dictator could unleash such immense terror on so many people.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "ska_wars" on 2 Nov. 2003
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I first found this book when I was a kid as an old tattered paper back in my father's book shelves and was the first of the series I read, and in my oppinion is one of the best.
As usual Hassel casts aside the the typical Hollywood views of war being a glorious heroic affair and instead shows it how it is, as a grizzly and dehumanising experience.
All the usual characters are back as they fight the Russian's at stalingrad with Porta stealing the show at regular intervals.
The battles are spectacular and are filled with tension and drama, especially their raid on a Russia bunker.
Probally one of Hassel's best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Neylan VINE VOICE on 16 Feb. 2012
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I thought I'd read all Hassel's books years ago, but this one was unfamiliar. The pleasant surprise is that by the time of this, his eighth book, he had developed his skills as a novelist. The early books are fascinating for their genuine, albeit fictionalised, account of Hassel's actual experiences. SS General, on the other hand, is complete fiction, albeit within the very real environmnet of Stalingrad and the Don steppe (neither Hassel nor the SS were at Stalingrad).

Although the narrative, like Wheels Of Terror, is episodic, the plotting is careful and balanced. The characters are consistent and the description of death and mutilation lack the schlocky melodrama of Hassel's earlier work. As ever, his bitterness and contempt for the Nazi war machine are total, but he allows moments of human empathy to intrude, even for his Russian adveraries.

It's not perfect. There are two SS Generals: the first, Eicke, whose story is told going back to 1933, simply disappears from the narrative to be replaced by the more heroic Paul Ausberg. The exaggerations of earlier novels remain, with impossibly large numbers of men and tanks. In any other context the misery of the troops would seem exaggerated too, but this is Stalingrad after all.

Hassel will never be a great novelist, but with SS General he has come up with one of the more compelling Second World War novels.
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By dg on 10 July 2014
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A good read not as good as blitz freeze bu worth reading
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By gareth thomas on 6 July 2014
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always a great read
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Brilliantly written makes you feel that you are there with them really enjoyed this book from start to finish looking forward to the next one
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By Paul J Murphy on 3 May 2014
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Another excellent book revealing the true horrors of war. Sven brings it all home with true frankness really quite sad
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By rondavid on 19 Feb. 2014
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read sven hassel books a long time ago liked it then and i still liked it get better the next time
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