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on 28 September 2017
The best WWII memoir I have read in some time. Detailed, insightful, critical. We read of specialised combat, not the generalities of more well-known memoirs. Here is the day to day horror of killing. Wacker does not talk about politics though he may well be imbued with a particular world view. He concentrates on describing his trade, how he was able to be so successful. There are also descriptions of atrocities committed by the Russian enemy and counter reprisals by the German side. One cannot imagine what it must have been like to be either a combatant or civilian touched by this war
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on 13 September 2017
enjoyed book very much, gives an insight to how terrible it must have been on eastern front, for both sides.
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on 14 October 2017
Brilliant and fascinating.
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on 14 September 2017
This military memoir grabs your attention and holds it till completion. Informative and extremely well written without any glorification of the role of the sniper in combat.
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on 4 August 2016
Good.
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on 24 June 2017
Brilliant account of warfare on the Eastern Front and all the associated horror of modern warfare.
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on 13 August 2017
Graphic read on a German sniper in WW2.
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on 13 October 2017
Great
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on 18 September 2017
Very good
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on 5 June 2017
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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