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Sniper on the Eastern Front: The Memoirs of Sepp Allerberger, Knight's Cross by [Wacker, Albrecht]
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About the Author

Geoffrey Brooks has had great success in finding, translating and editing original German memoirs, such as FIPS - Legendary U-Boat Commander 1915-1918.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1315 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword; Reprint edition (15 Jun. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005586WRW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 211 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,454 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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An excellent autobiographical account of life for a German soldier on the Eastern Front in WWII.

As the saying goes "history is written by the victors", and most histories of WWII are written from the allies' perspective. If you wish to develop a balanced view, you need to read many of the relatively few accounts written by German soldiers, the vast majority of whom served their country as honourably as war permits, answering their country's call to fight the tide of bolshevism / communism sweeping west from Russia.

Albrecht Wacker's experiences, between his conscription in Austria to his safe return after the war, are quite amazing and very informative. The book is well written and, consequently, an easy read. From a military perspective, Albrecht Wacker 's service and evident skill as a sniper gave him a relatively unique role, that almost certainly helped him survive the war, when vast numbers of his comrades were killed in action. He relates his on-going personal conflict with the morality of sniping, and the horrific treatment of other snipers captured by the Russians, which is understandable but unjustified: the Russians used far more snipers than the Germans, and sniping is a legitimate element of modern military conflict.

Albrecht Wacker also relates his direct experiences of the extensive atrocities committed by Russian troops against captured military personnel and civilians. As he himself states, it is perverse that history rightly condemns the Nazi regime for its atrocities, yet there is little public acknowledgement or detailed analysis of the horrors perpetrated by the Russians army as it moved east.

In my view this book thoroughly deserves 5 stars, as an excellent read and a valuable contribution to history.

I cannot account for some of the absurd, factually inaccurate comments in the one and two star reviews.
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Great book, one that I find I want to keep reading. Not for the faint hearted, some of the graphic scenes make the opening sequences of Saving private ryan look like a walk in the park. This book really does bring over the brutality of war and just how terrible it is, particularly as it is a true story full of real happenings.
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Good story well written.a must for anyone interested in Sniping on the Eastern front
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very very good book a man who went through hell and servived
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Very good read detailed and straight to the story. his experience and skills were explained brilliantly and I never really thought about the German side of things.
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Good read - Interesting perspective from the German side.
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Brilliant account of warfare on the Eastern Front and all the associated horror of modern warfare.
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For those interested in military history and especially in the roll of the sniper, this is a good book to read. Wacker tells the story in a very "matter of fact" manner with no heroics. While the experience of being a sniper on the Eastern front during the Nazi retreat must have been difficult beyond imagination, the book focuses on his every day task as a sniper. A good very good read.
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