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on 26 January 2014
Erwin Bartmann account of his war was absolutely top draw !!! i can highly recommend this book indeed a must must
read for all ww2 buffs.
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on 15 June 2017
A very readable account of Mr Bartmann's service during WW2 in Russia and elsewhere. He covers the early years of his life, a fascinating historical account, and also what happened to him afterwards. He did not appear to be a fervant Nazi, but wished to serve his country which he did with honour. After the war he became a British Citizen and lived in Scotland, continuing his trade as a baker.
Well worth reading.
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on 3 March 2017
Tremendous read. Well-written, heartfelt, honest. Uncluttered by apology, political context or unconvincing tactical passages, we are given a young soldier's account of war experienced in a vacuum. His Regiment and comrades are what interested him. Interestingly, we are given details of capture, post war experiences in captivity and images of civilians caught up in the turmoil of defeat. A superb memoir.
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on 30 May 2017
An exceptional wartime account. You can't help thinking (along with the writer himself) that he was singled out as a 'witness' to the extraordinary events he lived through when so many others didn't... a voice for those without a voice, a witness to the courage of the front line 'fighting SS', as distinct from the appalling crimes perpetuated by other parts of this vast organisation (understandably there do not appear to be personal records written by those involved in those events).
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on 2 June 2017
Finally some balanced view on historical events that the winners always distort to their own gain. It makes us remember how much tougher people were in those days. Honest and direct with a very human side to it. How all sides committed crimes of hideous proportions
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on 7 May 2017
It has the ring of truth about it, obviously from the perspective of a lowly private. Similar to Sajer, altho less graphic detail. An antidote to ideas of Nazi superiority, efficiency etc, to some extent.
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on 21 September 2017
I was captivated by this book, and got a new perspective on life under the Nazis. It's worth a read if you're studying this time period.
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on 5 March 2017
Bartmann's account is both fascinating and gut wrenching particularly his time on the Eastern Front and the final collapse of the Third Reich and the last days of Berlin in 1945.
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on 29 March 2017
Although many such accounts are available I found this to be one of the best I've read. It is candid, reflective and honest.
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on 21 May 2017
The sort of book that just griped you, the story of this young man and what he went through, without complaining, or just saying he has had enough was amazing. I wonder what the opinion of the youth of today, if they had to serve in the same way.
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