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5.0 out of 5 stars A different perspective, 3 Oct. 2004
This review is from: Storm of Steel (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
I had read so much about this book beforehand that I snapped up "Storm of steel" as soon as I saw it in the shop. Forget preconceptions about the stereotypical Great War literature, this is a book whose author appears to have accepted the horror of warfare and ,perhaps, thrived on the experience.
Unlike efforts such as the more famous "All quiet on the Western Front" or the work of the British war poets, this book eschews the pathos of the war for a realistic account of the everyday quest for survival and the brutality of the conflict. Some of the accounts, such as the pursuit of British soldiers through the trenches during German offences are vivid and shocking and illustrates how the soldier became de-humanised.
Although written from the German point of view, this is a book that merits it's reputation, if not for the style of writing, then for it's honesty. An essential read for those interested in The Great War.
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