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The Forgotten Soldier

Cassell Military Paperbacks

By Guy Sajer

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Format: Paperback, 560 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 15 July 1999
An international bestseller, this is a German soldier's first-hand account of life on Russian front during the second half of World War II. When Guy Sajer joins the infantry full of ideals in the summer of 1942 the German army is enjoying unparalleled success in Russia. However, he quickly finds that for the foot soldier the glory of military success hides a much harsher reality of hunger, fatigue and constant deprivation. Posted to the crack Grosse Deutchland division, with its sadistic instructors who shoot down those who fail to make the grade, he enters a violent and remorseless world where all youthful hope is gradually ground down, and all that matters is the brute will to survive. As the biting cold of the Russian winter sets in, and the tide begins to turn against the Germans, life becomes an endless round of pounding artillery attacks and vicious combat against a relentless and merciless Red Army. A book of stunning force, this is and unforgettable reminder of the horrors of war.

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One of the greatest true stories of armed combat ever written. An international bestseller. To be included in the CMP 'I was there...' promotion

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See opposite. '...there was a war, and I married it because there was nothing else when I reached the age of falling in love...Suddenly there were two flags for me to honour...I entered the service, dreamed and hoped. I also knew cold and fear in places never seen by Lili Marlene. A day came when I should have died, and after that nothing seemed very important. So I have stayed as I am, without regret, separated from the normal human condition.' - Guy Sajer

EAN: 9780304352401
ISBN: 0304352403
Publisher: Cassell Military
Dimensions: 19.7 x 12.9 x 3.3 centimetres (0.38 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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An excellent read, without the political correctness that tarnishes so many historical accounts. There is no painting over of history here to imply all Germans were devout Nazi's and deserved nothing more than to die. The accounts of the eastern front accurately reveal atrocities by the Red Army as well as his own, a rarity. An unbiased account which is a must for anyone interested in the real war not the sanitised versions that abound our TV screens, from predominantly US production houses.
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a excellent book from a different angle
Belinda Corbett on
 
Excellent book, most of the bio's I have read have been from the Vietnam War or the Iraq/Afganistan conflicts. When you take into account how bad war can be even with all the modern assistance available to modern armies, what those who fought on the Eastern Front during the Second World War had to endure whatever side they were on is unthinkable. Good read for those who are interested in the personal aspect of war rather than military campaigns
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Best world war 2 memoir ive read so far !! Im only 24 and havint read that many realy but after reading this i have rather high expectations for future WW2 memoirs , I highly recomend this book . Two thumbs up !!!
Philip Jeffery on
 
This is the kind of book that I tell people that if they don't read anything else about the second world war, then they should at least read this. This book is immensely powerful. There is debate about whether it's a true account. I disagree and would argue that the amount of detail and the passion with which it's written screamns truth. Regardless of the debate, read the book. It's one of those books you go back to every now and again just to remind yourself about how good we have things. I lent this book to a friend and regretted having lent it so much that I bought a second copy!
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This book has become one of the great classics of Second World War writing. Sajer writes about a conflict that is so enormous in both its scope and it ferocity that it is almost hard to grasp. One of the thinks that struck me about this book is futility and wastefullness of soldiering on in hopeless situations to help prop up on of the most vile regimes in history. A very poignant book.

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