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Will We See Tomorrow?: A German Cavalryman at War, 1939-42 Hardcover – 13 Sep 1993

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Will We See Tomorrow 15 July 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the best WWII German autobiographies i have come across. It describes young soldiers adventures from boot camp to last days of Russian offensive, including action, humor and tragedy throughout the whole book. Defenitly worth a read as it includes an insight from a German cavlary soldier during WWII, describes the progress of the Russian campaign accuratly and keeps the reader in suspence from the cover to cover.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good for everyone 9 Sept. 2001
By A. Law - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
It's not just a history or war book for those readers who are interesting in WWII. A good reference of psychology and philosophy about death, hope, and future. I'm sure that u will find some value-change in life after read. As the writer, Max said, everyone are losers in the war. Compare with what he was facing at that time, are we living too comfort now? This is a real story of a German Soldier, real place, real people, real time and real blood. I can't stop reading since I started. Bore have never found in this book. I sorry about that Max can't provide the last part of his adventure in 1942-1945, those memories had gone along with him at 1990.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A rare view of WWII from a German Cavalryman 6 April 2013
By Walter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
With great internet resources like Amazon, German WWII memoirs are not as rare as they once had been. What is rare is one written by a cavalry soldier. In Will We See Tomorrow, Mr. Kuhnert has left us his unique view of the war. Quite interestingly the book starts with his capture by black American troops in Normandy in September '44 and then flashes back to an earlier time. A couple chapters are devoted to training but I did not find it as tedious as some. His first combat starts with his unit's participation in the French Campaign of 1940. I have not read many firsthand accounts of this campaign and found it interesting when he wrote that they were fighting French African Colonial troops. One of the most dramatic parts of the book occurs in France when Kuhnert's unit is ambushed and the horse he is on is shot out from underneath him. Losing horses becomes a reoccurring theme in the book and the reader gains an understanding of the close bond a cavalry soldier had with his horse. Kuhnert is there for the the invasion of the Soviet Union. His year spent on the Eastern Front accounts for more than half of the book. As cavalry units were attached to infantry regiments and used mostly in reconnaissance roles, Kuhnert continually finds himself behind enemy lines moving stealthily through the forests to avoid detection and report enemy movements to headquarters. One is made keenly aware of how vulnerable these units were. Men and sometimes whole recon units would disappear never to be heard from again. In one harrowing account Kuhnert is riding alone when he is surrounded by a group of Red Army Soldiers. He is roughly treated and taken prisoner for a few minutes but escapes during a mortar attack. Then winter sets in. Kuhnert does a great job of showing the hardships the soldiers faced during this first winter that the German Army was so unprepared for. Kuhnert although a horseman, also experiences combat as an infantryman in raids and patrols. At the end April of '42, Kuhnert is wounded, taken of the front line and eventually sent back to Germany.
Unfortunately Kuhnert died quickly of Leukemia before he could finish this book and so we are left wondering what he experienced in his last two years in the war.
Consisting of a year on the frontlines, this book has quite a few stories you will not soon forget and a good amount of combat.
While the writing is not on the same level as say The Forgotten Soldier, it is quite good and very detailed. If he had written it many years after the war, you would not know it as his memories are very vivid. This book is not plagued by the translation problems like so many German memoirs. Max Kuhnert had a natural grasp of English because he settled in Britain after being a POW of that country.
Although hard to find at a good price because it is out of print, keep your eye on it at Amazon Marketplace. I was lucky to find a used copy for $4. As it was published 20 years ago, I am surprised it has not been reprinted. It is much better than many of the German memoirs to come out in the last few years.
a very believable account of the hell on the Eastern Front 3 May 2011
By Colin Powis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have read many books on WW2 on the eastern Front and this one has the ring of truth about it ....not overly dramatic and a bit plodding at times , it really sounds like the real deal...the misery and horror of the german assault on moscow and the retreat afterwards
The only part I can quibble with is when the author, a very likable young german , claims that they captured 18 soviets, after a fiece struggle and then he was detailed to take them out and shoot them ....he actually claims that they discretly released them and claimed to have shot them to their superiors ....HIGHLY UNLIGHTLY !!
But apart from this obvious attempt at gaining sympathy , the book sounds about right , it's just a pity that his story ends in april 42 when he is wounded
Five Stars 8 Feb. 2015
By Kurt K. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
very good book
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