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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 July 2013
This is the military memoir of Austrian Armin Scheiderbauer who, whilst in his teens, fought on the Eastern Front, mainly during the German retreat through white Russia and Poland. He was eventually captured in a Danzig hospital and he then spent two and a half years in captivity. The book follows his call-up to his eventual release, about six and a bit years. As with most of these types of memoirs there are usually long stretches of boredom followed by moments of absolute horror. The many anecdotes are the best: the tank shell stopped by a hay bale and a belt buckle, the crossing of a river in white Russia, a wrong turn into an occupied village, the dried out corpses of Volkssturm in a cellar in east Prussia etc. I personally found his captivity most illuminating as I'd imagined it to be far worse than he describes! There are a few gripes: Armin refers to photographs but they are not reproduced, there are no maps of Poland/Russia so it's difficult to gauge what the local and wider picture is and there are German words that don't appear in the glossary. On the whole though, this is an interesting and excellent primary source.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 August 2013
Great account of one mans war in his own words, without unnecessary embellishment or dramatization both objective and at times very introspective
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 July 2013
The personal record of a young man fighting in the worst possible theatre is touching, moving and also has an innocence about it
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A very good read. Well written. From the German perspective with no silly apologies or grovelling. Just a decent man recounting his experiences. I would highly recommend this as a book I enjoyed reading and gained some good insights from. Cant recommend highly enough
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on 31 March 2014
Another German veteran it's hard not respect.
From an aesthetic background this young man developed as consciencious young officer who stuck by his training and beliefs.
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on 5 January 2015
Fascinating insight into the reality of combat on the Russian Front.
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on 23 May 2015
A good read for all men.
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1 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 12 October 2012
The normal post war German story. He as always against the Nazis, saw no concentration camps, did nothing wrong. Not too much on the combat side either. Not worth the read in my opinion.
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0 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 24 April 2012
7/10 will read again if your intrested in Bagration Armin was there it sadly lacks a map hell in White Russia
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