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Liquidate Paris (Legion of the Damned Series Book 7) by [Hassel, Sven]
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4.6 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews
Book 7 of 13 in Cassell Military Paperbacks (13 Book Series)
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LIQUIDATE PARIS shows the eruption of the Second World War in its most brutal and cruel phase, as allied troops advance upon Paris and the penal regiment retreat. Now relaunched with a stunning new look.

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Born in 1917 in Fredensborg, Denmark, Sven Hassel joined the merchant navy at the age of 14. He did his compulsory year's military service in the Danish forces in 1936 and then, facing unemployment, joined the German army. He served throughout the Second World War on all fronts except North Africa. When the war ended in 1945 he was transferred between Russian, American and French prison camps, and upon returning to Denmark, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for treason. He began writing LEGION OF THE DAMNED during his time as a prisoner of war. His 14 Second World War books, which draw on his own encounters and experiences as a soldier, have sold over 53 million copies worldwide and have been published in more than 50 countries. He peacefully passed away in Barcelona in 2012, where he had resided since 1964.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1428 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson (23 Dec. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004JHY88A
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #132,939 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By A Customer on 4 Jan. 2005
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I have now read 6 sven Hassel books, and Liquidate Paris has to be one of my favourites. It is set in France 1944-1945. Sven and his German comrades are in a desperate retreat from the slopes of Russia and now have to fight the oncoming allied invaders.
As all his books Hassel is not afraid to write about the bloody and gory battles, so be warned this book is not for the faint hearted.
This is not just a "boys" book. There is a lot of love and emotion in this book, and a great read for everyone.
I would definetly recommned this book to everyone. also all of Hassel's other masterpieces.
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I bought for great grandad he loves all the Sven Hassle books who writes about the first and second world war. Recommended for all the grandads out there. One of 14 massively popular books written by Sven Hassle about German army life during the wartime.
"I had a grenade in my hand. So, no doubt, did the English private. I tore out the pin with my teeth. Lay there and counted. Twenty-one, twenty-two, twenty-three, twenty-four…The grenade whistled through the air towards the English soldier. On its way, it passed his grenade whistling through the air towards me. He had thrown it at exactly the same moment. But no damage done. We obviously shared the same reactions and had both rolled out of range in time to save our skins. I leaped for the machine-gun and feverishly fired several rounds. A second grenade exploded. Almost had me, that time. There was a vivid flash in front of me; my head, safely encased in its steel helmet, nevertheless felt as if it were bursting open at the seams. For a second I felt fear, and then, almost immediately, a mad fury overtook me. Until that moment I had not personally hated my enemy. Killing him had been a necessity. Now it had become a perverse pleasure. I certainly had no intention of dying in the muddy fields of France."
It is Hitler's last chance to save The Third Reich. . . Millions of Allied troops have landed in Normandy. The orders are clear: Sven and his comrades, hardened by a savage war that has led them from the bloody steppes of the Russian Front, to the slopes of Monte Cassino, are ordered to withdraw to Strasbourg and destroy Paris on the way. . . Liquidate Paris shows the eruption of World War II in its most brutal and cruel phase, as allied troops advance upon Paris and the penal regiment retreat.
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This is my 9th e-book purchase & a most welcome return to one of 14 Sven Hassel books. The temptation was to give a FIVE-STAR RATE but I'm just too old to trust 21st-cent technology & how all those little one's & zero's might work --- perhaps deleting.
The series is written (almost) in autobiographical style, but mainly I think it's about how a collection of extraordinary characters try to survive the nightmare & waste of war, serving in a penal regiment.
When I bought my VERY first lot of these as new paperback, they mostly cost 65pence & I had the extra pleasure of anticipating new stories due publishing release. I still don't know if they had really existed as a group or were seperate individuals, met by author but ALWAYS it was good follow their many exploits; the war itself an unwelcome interruption.
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With Sven you know what you get-nonstop blood and guts, not literary finesse.

But this is a bit incoherent: Tiny has changed his name; they are sometimes the old punishment battalion and sometimes elite Tiger tank crew; Sven has been partially blinded, but is sometimes a crack machine-gunner and sometimes a crack tank-gunner; Brits engage in suicidal human-wave attacks.

Back to the Eastern front please, where endless human wave attacks actually happened - no, the Brits and Yanks were too sensible to do that thing in Normandy.
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I had all of Sven Hassel books back in the early seventies when I was in the armed forces but gave them all away. So I tried to re-capture the essence but it didn't work. I think it is because some of the books are not originals but later editions. The read has not changed, so if you like a good war story of a penal battalion with a group of misfits then you will like these books. I really enjoyed Liquidate Paris, Monte Cassino and Wheels of Terror.
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Read about a factual based but fictional aspect from a german soldier's perspective. Fascinating and Sven Hassel manages to draw you in and keep you addicted! The only shame about all of his books is that they are not in historical order and the characters get a bit confusing as they are out of time sync.
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his is the seventh book written by Sven Hassel, all of them portraying the German characters from the 27th Panzer Regiment, 5th company, 2nd Section. In this book, they are all here: Old Man (Willi Beier), Joseph Porta, Tiny (Wolfgang Creutzfeldt), Sven, Legionnaire (Alfred Kalb), Barcelona Blom, Gregor Martin and Julius Heide. The "guest stars" are company commander Lowe and fellow soldier Gunther (this one never to appear again, Lowe to be killed in "Reign of Hell").

As a brief search in the Internet will inform you, there are controversies about who was Sven Hassel or even who wrote his books (there are 14 of them). Indeed, the general atmosphere and writing style differs so much from book to book that it sometimes seems each one was written by a different person! Anyway, what is important is they are good, entertaining, sometimes vulgar, sometimes tear-jerking, sometimes extremely funny books.

LIQUIDATE PARIS has fewer combat sequences than other books, but even so is a generally good entry in the catalogue. If you read one of the other books and liked it, you'll like this one.
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