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Sniper on the Eastern Front

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword; Reprint edition (2010)
  • ASIN: B00AQM26TK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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I had never heard of Jude Law before I watched the film `Enemy at the Gates' which tells the fictionalised tale of a Russian sniper during the Battle of Stalingrad. I vividly recall how those Russian troops were sent into battle with one rifle for every two soldiers. True or not, that portrayal was never far from the reality of the day and I mention it only to draw the reader into one of the fiercest and costliest times of WW2 - the Eastern front fought between Russia and Germany.

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.
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I read this book despite some of the reviews available as I firmly believe you get a better perspective of what war is like from the true perspective of close combat from those who had their bellies in the mud than from some of the more "intellectual" books written by those who did not experience this effect fully as they were removed from it somewhat by their positions of rank and self worth. Not an apologetic work, more a grass roots perspective from Sepp's exploits. I would not expect very much remose from a person in this field, after all a sniper is just that, a killing machine who is analytical and professional in his trade. We here so much about how bad the Germans were in the war and how wonderful the allies were to defeat them that we are in danger of missing the real points. War is nasty and cruel, not just for those we are invaded but also for those who have no choice and have to fight once it starts from both sides.
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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The book really brings home what it must have been like during WW2 for the average soldier fighting the Russians on the Eastern Front. The daily brutality from both sides in an effort to outwit eachother, the stress, lack of sleep and poor diet took it's toll. It made me wonder how much equipment and bodies were buried in unmarked graves from Russia all the way into europe. I certainly would have liked to know how this sniper coped after the war with all the mental scars left from those battles.
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The life of the foot soldier is full of horror and death. This more than most. Quite difficult to read but no where near as difficult as it must have been to live.
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Excellent!! Ive read this book 4 times and will most likely read it again. The detail and description in the book is why I can read it from cover to cover and will read it again and again. Hopefully I myself will never experience war but this book is as close to aggressive combat as I'll get than watching any film and is up there with the best of the many books I have read based on the eastern front mainly from the German perspective.
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