Sniper on the Eastern Front
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This is a captivating work from Albrecht Wacker in which he reveals the memoirs of a German soldier - and sniper, who was awarded the Knights Cross for his service. Many readers will possibly think an `Iron Cross' is an Iron Cross but the Knights Cross was only awarded to those who already held the Iron Cross and was made to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. No German soldier became any less brave just because his country was beaten and this is the story of one of the bravest.
As with all good books, this finely crafted work begins right at the beginning where we find accounts of the differences between the hardened soldiers and the newest recruits on the eve of battle. Even the biggest and hardest of men have been known to lose control of either their stomach or their breakfast before a battle and yet, in this work it is explained in such a way that we might begin to understand such matters.
With consummate skill, as the book progresses, we are drawn into one man's part in a huge conflict and the subsequent retreat for those who were lucky enough to escape either death or Soviet imprisonment.Read more ›
Some very interseting passages in the book about the behaviours from both sides that took place in Russia and Eastern Europe and neither side comes out of it smelling of roses!. I liked the way the book unfolded and also the way his training (or lack of it) enabled him to undertake what is a very dangerous role in any army. Any recipient of the Knights Cross was a soldier who did outstanding service on the battlefield and as a private soldier the achievement must have been monumental. Given his lack of initial formal training he must have been an oustanding infanteer especially to survive in such a harsh environment.
Read it and see for yourself. there are other books of a similar nature coming out but this one I really liked.Look past the uniform and at the content. Dont prejudge him as German after all they had U boats, (horrible nasty things) and we had submarines (hurrah! the RN). I think you will enjoy the book....
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Very interesting, with some facts to throw light on the futility of war. The world could do with people like this to explain to the young of to-day just haw difficult war can be.Published on 20 Aug. 2014 by David A Cassell
The book is interesting to me , as I am interested in the Russian Front.
However, as with a lot of books written by German soldiers, the author is keen to describe... Read more
This is a good military memoir. No PC nonsense or apologies. Just what he experienced and what the poor German people endured. A good read I highly recommend it. Read morePublished on 19 Dec. 2013 by Mr. Nj Mcallister