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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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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Greenhill Books (15 Oct. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853675083
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853675089
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
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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.

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I have read a couple of other books written by others and this book is the only one I believe every word is genuine and true.
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.
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very happy with puchase!!
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very good thanks
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I have enjoyed reading this book, and learning about some of the horrors of war, but for me considering the politics of today the last two paragraphs are the most sobering.
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I don't really want to repeat what other reviewers have said. What I would like to add though, as an ex-professional translator, is how well this story was translated into English - by a Norwegian translator. Apparently the translator himself is of the wartime generation, having fought in the Norwegian Resistance, so he has some experience of the German Army in WW2. I found it especially interesting how he gave British Army equivalents some very specific German military designations, and how he conveyed the German flavour of the story so well.

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.
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This is truly a remarkable first hand account of the fighting on the eastern front during WWII. There are many other books which have all dealt with the same topic, but I have never read a book which simply describes what happened with honesty and simple clarity. We follow machine gunner Koschorrek between the years 42-44 in different parts of Russia, Italy and Romania. The book actually starts with his lucky escape from the Stalingrad pocket in Dec -42, from there on it just gets worse. He describes the incredible bravery performed by the average soldier, the friends and comrades who were not so lucky and last but not least, the inhuman conditions of war as they were experienced on the eastern front. I read this book in two days - it was impossible to put it down.......
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This book is an account of the war experience of a member of a machine gun section in the German 24th Panzer Division during the Second World War. Koschorrek was only able to produce this work because the detailed contemporaneous notes that he made of his experiences were unexpectedly returned to him many years after he thought that they had been lost. Consequently, in a book that was written long after the events described, he is able to provide an almost daily account of his experiences .
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).
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having read Guy Sajer's book already i had high expectations for this book and i was not disappointed. the book tells the story of a German machine gunner from Stalingrad in late 1942 to the end of the war in Czechoslovakia. the book does not hold back in describing the horrors of war and as close friends of the author drop dead all around him i felt such a pain of sorrow that such men had died. he has an excellent writing style that is easy to follow and he lists in the introduction that his reason for writing the book was as a memorial to all those unknown soldiers who fell in the war ans to tell their story. in that he succeeded as the names and deeds of so many of the people in his story will stay with me for a long time to come, they are not forgotten. battle scenes are described in amazing detail and it feels almost like your there with him watching it happen. if you wish to really understand what being a German soldier on the eastern front was like then this is for you and if you want to understand the truth of what war is like then this is also for you, it holds no barriers in describing the gritty horror, fear, camaraderie and sadness of war.
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