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The Forgotten Soldier Hardcover – Illustrated, 30 Nov 2000
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The Forgotten Soldier A German soldier's first-hand account of life on the Russian front during the second half of World War II. Posted to the crack "Grosse Deutshland" division, Guy Sajer entered a violent and remorseless world where all youthful hope was gradually ground down. Full description
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This is a beautiful, painful, brutal book that anyone looking for a firsthand account of the horrors of combat and war should read. I've heard this referred to as a classic and I now know why
Sajer describes some combat situations in detail but also skims over other events which he can no longer or chooses not to recall. There are some gory details and some of the events are told with hindsight. Some books you want more, in my opinion this could have done with a little less (560pages). Mainly some of his thoughts he had at the time, but this doesn't distract from the story much.
A good insight into the conditions that's both the Russians and German armies when through.
This is probably the first WW1/2 book that made me really sit and think. Maybe it was because all the British and American books are all about glory and so on but this was about doing what the author believed was right and what he was told. We all listen to the news and other stories then make up our minds. It was no different back then no matter what side you were on. The strange thing that struck me was that even though they (we) were fighting we are all the same even back then. Nothing has changed except the politics.
It is a long book but personally one I am happy to have read.
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