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Blood Red Snow: The Memoirs of a German Soldier on the Eastern Front Hardcover – 15 Oct 2002
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"'Harrowing' - Sunday Express; 'For anyone seeking to understand the experiences of the ordinary German soldier during World War II, Blood Red Snow provides an excellent starting point' - Military Illustrated" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Gunther K. Koschorrek was a machine-gunner on the Russian front in WWII. He lives in Germany, having retired from his job as managing director of a sales company.
Top Customer Reviews
Unlike some others the book was written, albeit many years after the events took place, by the man who experienced the hardship
Keeping a diary was not permitted for German soldiers for obvious reasons mainly because of its potential use by the enemy if found.
This book is one of the few that could be written from notes made at the time rather than vague memories from the past.
There is always unfortunately great potential for a poor translation to ruin a good story, but in this case the translator has done the author proud.
All in all an excellent and enthralling story.
Koschorrek's war began in October 1942 when he narrowly escaped being caught up in the Stalingrad encirclement. During the subsequent weeks he was involved in the defensive battles on the lower Don, rapidly becoming something of a veteran before being wounded in mid-December.
In October 1943 he was returned to the Eastern Front, this time defending frontline positions on the left bank of the Dnepr in the Nikopol bridgehead. Subsequently he was involved in the long retreat of German forces from the Dnepr to the Bug and on into Moldova in February and March 1944. During the spring and early summer of 1944, despite being in a relatively stable sector of the front near Jassy, Koschorrek nevertheless saw plenty of action and saw several of his closest comrades killed.
As the major Soviet summer offensive of 1944 advanced across Belarus, Koschorrek's unit was one of many that were moved north from Moldova to bolster the German defences in eastern Poland. There, in August, Korschorrek was again wounded and, as part of his convalescence, was assigned to a training unit in East Prussia.
In October Soviet forces broke through German defences into East Prussia, and Koschorrek found himself in action near Gumbinnen (modern day Gusev).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A relentless account of skirmish after skirmish after attack after defeat etc. I gave up half way through this. It just became so depressing (what did I expect!!!).Published 5 months ago by L. Sleepa
Non political depiction of one mans experiences during a horrific conflict. Reminded me of All Quiet on the Western Front. Read morePublished 5 months ago by John O' Sullivan
Great book to read , really enjoyed it and would recommend to anyone . It's not often that a book will keep me captivated but this did.Published 6 months ago by Kevin Mark Newell
Although they were the enemy it gives you an insight to the struggle for survival of the lower ranked soldier on the groundPublished 8 months ago by pelham200
I have read Forgotten solider and what gunter says is in there I am amazed that he survived what a harrowing experience it must have been.Published 9 months ago by A. TUCKER
GREAT BOOK ABOUT FIGHTING ON THE EASTERN FRONT DURING WW2, ILL BE BACK FOR MORE THANKS MARKPublished 10 months ago by MARK
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