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on 12 September 2017
This memoir is heavy on name dropping and generalisations and short on the detailed combat of many of von Luck's contemparies who have also written accounts. It seems sanitized thereby and the intensity is lost.

I enjoyed some of The Desert passages and especially the captivity in Russia. There is too much lacking in authentic battle scenes to raise this above anything over than slightly interesting. There are much better accounts out there that encapsulate the attritional day to day of this war, without ever veering into fine wine, Mercedes Benz motor cars and rubbing shoulders with the powerful.
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on 18 August 2014
Hans von Luck keeps popping up in books written by Stephen Ambrose, so when I realised that his memoirs was published, I didn't hesitate to buy it. I'm glad I did, because he tells so many stories that I have never come across before, especially about Rommel, that that alone is worth the read. But it's also his stories about less known officers and soldiers that are treasures. And that played a role in the reconciliation between ex German and Allied soldiers was new to me. I can wholeheartedly recommend this book!
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on 25 March 2015
A fascinating insight into the German soldier's view of the war. Especially as it comes from a member of the officer class.
Luck appears to have been a man of integrity, if everything he says is true about the general ignorance of the Holocaust. This aside, it is a wonderful book to read. I especially enjoyed the section which covers his time in North Africa when his unit had an "understanding" with its British counterparts. A very interesting read.
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on 1 April 2016
Excellent book, well-written and highly detailed. Especially fascinating was the section concerning the author's time as a Soviet POW and the frustration felt by him at the mishandling of the German response to the D Day invasion.
The book dovetails nicely with other books concerning the period in question.
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on 16 November 2014
This is a really good book seeing the war from the German side. There is comradeship and tragedy in this book and it provides a real insight into the workings of a senior officer in Hitler's Wermacht. Although it may be unpleasant it is interesting to note how he sees SS units and how he reacts when asked to give information about who he knew to be in that organisation. I do in the book very informative.
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on 5 February 2018
History is not black and white and is often told from the side of the victor. Here is a German perspective which is worthy of reading and has given me a more rounded perspective of the events of WW2.
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on 7 December 2014
Clear and with great humility he recounts 14 month defensive war fought by the Germans from 1941 to 1945 - 1941 that's wrong you say but yes from the invasion of Russia the defeat of Germany was on the table
The author a front line soldier shows few signs of anger or criticism at the decisions made by his military superiors by rank or his political masters he just carried out his orders effectively with great humanity for all military or civilian where conditions allowed
Fascinating, soldier's life
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on 27 January 2017
I can only describe this book as outstanding. If you fail to read this honest account of this genuine man, you will surely have missed out. I can't recommend enough.
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on 29 May 2014
A good read from a soldiers soldier and a glimpse into the factual side of armoured warfare at first hand on the German side.
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on 29 April 2015
Another engrossing read from the other side of the battlefield, a very personal journey with Hans Von Luck and just reading his remarkable story I can understand why many people who met him in various chapters of his life warmed to a man of decency and integrity .
A five star life story for me .
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