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.