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Soldat: Reflections of a German Solider, 1936-1949 Hardcover – 1 Jun 1992
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About the Author
Siegfried Knappe (1917-2008) was a soldier in the Wehrmacht, the German Army, before being captured by the Russians. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I would have to say the best book I have ever read.
His writing references his feelings at the time, his comrades and the many different peoples that he encounters on this epic journey of combat and personal discovery across the european continent at war.
A great read, which may come across as being close to fantasy at times - due to the extreme conditions that Mr Knappe was to endure and experience.
An insight into the life of a German soldier, a topic all too often and unfairly dismissed by the western allies after the 2nd world war.
His pre-war army training
His participation in the invasion of France
Operation Barbarossa....Knappe was an officer in the horse drawn artillery and rode on horseback to the outskirts of Moscow.
General staff training during the war. Knappe was intelligent, competitive and capable, and it was a high honour to be selected for General Staff Training.
His experiences in Berlin in the last
days of the war.
His incarceration in Russian prison camps for four years after the war.
The book was "ghost written" by Mr Brusaw and occasionally one reads something that is untrue or does not ring true. For example the book states that the night of June 22nd 1941, the night of the invasion of Russia, was moonlit; it was not. So the book loses a star. But don't let this put you off. This is a worthwhile book about the second world war written by a man who, while not a saint, was no "evil Nazi" either.
I found the book very interesting. You get a lot of insight in what it must have been like for ordinary Germans during the war.
The book deserves to be much better known. I found my (paperback) copy by chance in a charity bookshop and would very much like to have a hard copy.
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