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Personal memoirs by war veterans shouldn't be dismissed!
on 28 May 2011
I do not think this book is 'garbage' as one reviewer called it. The book is a personal recollection by a Soviet infantryman: hardly surprising then that the author views the Germans as brutes, while following the patriotic Communist Party line. In essence, the book is a series of anecdotes/reminiscences of front-line life on the Eastern Front. The book is not an unbiased overview or an academic study, it is a personal account by a Soviet-era veteran. The value of the book lies in its graphic depiction of the savagery of war, and its heart-rending scenes of human suffering. If the book is read in context, then I think it is not bad at all. Finally, one should remember that the German war against Russia was racially motivated: the Russians, when defeated, were to be consigned to the Nazi museum of 'vanished peoples' - no wonder the author of this book was a bit miffed with the Germans!