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At Leningrad's Gates: The Combat Memoirs of a Soldier with Army Group North Kindle Edition
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Lubbeck served with the 58th Infantry Division in Army Group North on the Eastern Front. His is the tale of a ambitious infantry soldier that was promoted to an officer in the crucible of war. The story provides a satisfactory explanation as to why German soldiers fought in 1944 and 1945, it also tells less glamorous stories of lice and dirt and how soldiers travelling home changed trains on the border and deloused before going further. This is also a story of an infantry man, who didn't ride a Tiger and walked into Russia while the baggage train and artillery were drawn by horses and R&R was a good bath and latrine.
It is the humanity of the story and the personality of William Lubbeck that stand out in the story. There is also a love story between Lubbeck and his future wife Annelise, their relationship while he was at the front, his worries about her during the allied bombings and her uncertainty of his fate at the front.
All in all a rewarding book.
1.) All soldiers are the same and, apart from place names, I am sure there are ex-Allied soldiers out there from WW2 who could have written the same story. It is a sad fact of life that the innocent and the youth do the fighting when the old and wiser citizens have cocked up - just look in one of the WW2 cemeteries. This situation is made worse, and more regrettable, when you consider that most wars are started by big egos wanting to feel more important - Blair being a case in point.
2.) I can not understand the negative comments to this book - saying is its not realistic, it is too sanitised, it does not cover the full story etc. The author was older than 80 at the time of writing and has probably, not unnaturally, erased some of the more unpleasant stuff from his mind. Plus, if he spent so much time at the front, it is possible he was not aware of other more unsavory activities taking place elsewhere. Perhaps the reviewers making these points should join their respective armies and try war for themselves. It is usually those that talk about blood and gore who run first.
3.) My overwhelming feeling at the end of this book is to wonder how such an honourable and decent human being could have come through six years of almost constant front line fighting. It does not bear thinking about and Mr Lubbeck's story probably applied to most soldiers in most nations.
I salute Mr Lubbeck and his type.
The information of his family life as a child goes into minute detail at tmes,
and his epiloge to, is very cogent why not the bit in between?
I bought the book to read about his life at the Gates at of lenningrad
But lots of it was glossed over in phrases such as "after two weeks hard fighting we moved back"
I think his ghost writer could have got so much more
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed reading book. Very well written and I recommend the book to anyone interested in east west conflict during 2 word war.Published on 15 July 2014 by susan
I cant recommend this and in fact deleted it from my Kindle after teh first thirty pages as it is too apologetic. Obviously written with his new home of America in mindPublished on 19 Dec. 2013 by Neil Knows
Very interesting read. Pre and post war bits too. Details authors service in one of the best divisions in army group north.Published on 11 July 2013 by Mr. Jonathan Baker
Slow to start, it is a humbling life story centered round the 2nd world war. He does not glorify war but merely mentions his activities and points of view. Read morePublished on 26 Jun. 2013 by Amazon Customer
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