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5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary story of the Eastern Front!
The difficulty with writing this review is knowing where to begin.

I have read ' Forgotten Soldier', and ' Blood Red Snow'. Once I have bought this book (I'm reading a library copy at present) I shall buy it to have a trilogy of Eastern front memoirs.

There are always people who will question its reality and its validity. I am of a generation that...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Regrettable
I was utterly disappointed by this book.

Nice cover (even better than the former), exciting and rare topic. Whilst the narration is poor, I haven't learnt a thing, LEAST of all on German sniping in WW II. Never ONCE did I find a captivating part. I even had to struggle to finish the book.

It is full of clichés on the Russian "hordes", while...
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Regrettable, 15 May 2013
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I was utterly disappointed by this book.

Nice cover (even better than the former), exciting and rare topic. Whilst the narration is poor, I haven't learnt a thing, LEAST of all on German sniping in WW II. Never ONCE did I find a captivating part. I even had to struggle to finish the book.

It is full of clichés on the Russian "hordes", while you won't find a thing on sniping; be it weapons, techniques or training. NOTHING !

How odd that it is impossible to find this super-sniper's knight's cross in the official records of the Wehrmacht ? How bizarre !

A waste, simply a waste of time. Even as a novel, which it is, the book is a sham. The publicity around this book is a coup. You will note that the reviewers praising this book are all professionals working for Amazon. Some rating hundreds of eclectic articles while others sport only one or two reviews.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary story of the Eastern Front!, 6 July 2012
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The difficulty with writing this review is knowing where to begin.

I have read ' Forgotten Soldier', and ' Blood Red Snow'. Once I have bought this book (I'm reading a library copy at present) I shall buy it to have a trilogy of Eastern front memoirs.

There are always people who will question its reality and its validity. I am of a generation that was told about the Second World War as it happened 'East of Vienna' at first hand. I grew up on stories of Eastern European warfare and what people do to each other during that time. Therefore I'm not an armchair Western historian who will quibble over details.

As far as I'm concerned this book is as real as it gets. A word of warning: it is definitely not for the fainthearted. The author does not pull any punches about why he was fighting. He doesn't apologise for anything he just tells it as it was. Very refreshing. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to know about the realities of the Eastern front from the German point of view. All three books tell a very difficult story in the best way they can. Without apologies or recriminations. That is the only way to tell stories of Eastern front war.

I am simply glad that the author was able to interview Sepp Allerberger before he died. His was an extraordinary story and well worth telling.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a powerful biography..., 25 Mar 2013
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This is an extremely intense book, which , with it's graphic descriptions of the author's actions during the conflict in ( mainly) Russia, leaves one haunted by man's savagery and inhumanity towards his fellow man, and has, for several weeks after finishing the book, made me consider how lucky I am to have never been in the situations these men found themselves in. This book will appeal to anyone with an interest in WWII, but may well shock and disgust anyone who doesn't appreciate the brutality shown by both sides to soldiers and civilians alike in the quest for victory.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Neo-Nazi pulp fiction., 23 Sep 2012
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Hard to know where to begin...

Firstly, this is not a memoir. This book is the editor's version of events, minus the "political correctness" of "liberal authors", who apparently use biographical style to mislead audiences. Without irony, we are then informed this very book will be presented as an autobiography, followed by an argument for the righteousness of the Nazi invasion of Russia as a pre-emptive war. That the editor of the book one is about to begin reading believes that to begin a war justly extends to a justification of how that war is fought should set alarm bells ringing, even before the rant against the shortcomings of "Western historians".

Unfortunately, this is just the beginning. The subject of the "autobiography" is the literary equivalent to Arno Breker's Ubermensch statuary, and about as engaging, or perhaps genuinely a psychopathic killing machine. Whatever the truth, the constant eulogising of the character becomes nauseating.

As for factual content, just forget it. Russian soldiers are accused of "routine diabolical tortures of the wounded", shooting and stabbing their way through prisoners, etc. Commissars are displayed forcing their men to eat their own dead as a general rule, it's implied, just before a supportive account of the notorious Commissar Order. That this Order included Jews or simply members of the Communist party is not worth mentioning to the editor, nor are the resulting massacres. These are just a few examples of how reality is turned on its head in this book: actually German prisoners were much more likely to survive their experiences than Russians, who never simply fenced off thousands of soldiers and left them to starve to death.

It cannot be doubted that the war in the East was brutal, with atrocities on all sides. But to present events as a righteous defence of civilisation by men guilty of nothing more than defending their homeland is utterly untenable. The supreme irony of this book is that the editor, with no training in historical studies at all, is clearly incapable of recognising how much he has to learn from those "Western historians" he insults from his position of ignorance. This book is amusing as a study in revisionist folly, as a factual record it is useless, to be called a memoir is ludicrous.
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