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A young man's recollection of war on the Eastern front.
on 6 June 2015
This book gives a glimpse into the living hell that was the Eastern front. Sajer, who is half French, starts out as a 17 year old in the transport corp and ends up in a front line combat support unit. He also describes what it was like to get caught in allied bombing raids and the conditions and restrictions in war time Germany. One of the things that stands out is now badly these soldiers where treated by there own side.
Sajer describes some combat situations in detail but also skims over other events which he can no longer or chooses not to recall. There are some gory details and some of the events are told with hindsight. Some books you want more, in my opinion this could have done with a little less (560pages). Mainly some of his thoughts he had at the time, but this doesn't distract from the story much.
A good insight into the conditions that's both the Russians and German armies when through.