This true story starts with a terrible injustice done to a German soldier in Starlins Russia.
After receiving a bullet in the mouth and being sent back to the Eastern Front where he was captured by Cossacks and then was accussed of being a spy and tortured for a confession, he was tried and found guilty. He was sentenced to 25 years in a lead mine labour camp.
He was sent along with a 1,000 others in cattle trucks on a 2,000 mile journey to East Siberia and had to march a further 1,000 miles through snow and ice to the Gulag.
He explains the atrocious conditions vividly and the escape which is an amazing episode which I will not spoil for the reader by attempting a precis. I strongly recommend this to the reader also The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom