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on 12 November 2006
This is one of those rare biographies that are readable as a story rather than a series of chronologically tacked together events. The story is harrowing and interesting. The operations of a WW2 sniper and the way they perceive things was very interesting. It certainly gels well with many others and in fact reading the US view of combat in "If you survive" it's almost as if they were written to go together. Sepp explains why he is the merciless killer he is and what turned him into what he became (The Russian Front, and especially the brutality Partisans brought to the battle that up until they got involved still had some of the rules of war operating.) Another example of contrasts is when Cossacks butchered Medics and Red cross personnel doctors and slaughtered hospital wounded when they over ran those hospitals (born out in many recollections of WW2) so when Sepp was transferred to the Western Front they were bemused to see American troops wonder out onto the battlefield to tend to their wounded, as if on a Sunday foorball match. In some instances the germans shot the medics which the Americans viewed as Barbaric. However they never understood that the Germans had been fighting to different rules up until that point. I think not only does this book fascinate with interesting points of being a sniper but the contrast between battlefronts, behaviour and conditions is worth noting. Finally I think some of the most difficult experiences are explained in the book when it comes to self control of a sniper. Knowing when to make a difference and how and controlling anger and emotions until that moment is clearly explained in some of his recollections. Great Book. Good Read.
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