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on 16 March 2017
I'm really impressed by Voss' prose style and his eye for what matters in a particular situation. He wrote this in captivity at the age of 20-21, which makes it all the more remarkable, untainted by retrospection or future constraints on the controversial subject of The Waffen SS. As such, this is another of the remarkable documents written by young soldiers rather than high ranking officers wishing to protect their reputation.
The description of action against Russian, Finnish and American foes is unembellished and thus remains convincing. His portrayal of pre-war Germany and the glimpses of Germany at war are welcome and revealingly. Even more than this, are the passages that deal with guilt by association, the power of comrades and the unity of purpose that can make up for being overwhelmingly outnumbered, outgunned and outresourced. This is a remarkable testament.