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Cecile C. reviewed The Forgotten Soldier: The Classic WWII Autobiography (Brassey's Commemorative Series WWII) on
Of all the memoirs I have read of soldiers on the Eastern front, both German and Russian (and there are more than a few), this is far and away the one that best gets into the soldier's head and relates what he thinks and feels at any given time. What makes it more powerful is that he is very explicit about his own feelings of fear, inadequacy, and even self-perceived cowardice. Nothing is spared; the true horror of war in all its ramifications and consequences is depicted in detail. It is a MUST read for anyone interested in the subject of war. Although I in no way sympathize with what the German army did, my heart bleeds for all the young men who were themselves victims of deception and betrayal. Definitely one of the most memorable books I have ever read.
No Doubt, in the top 3 best books I have read in my 50 years on the planet. Absolutely gripping and tragic. Amazing that anyone could undergo such physical and spiritual torments and dare to relive them by writing about them with such complete candor. Brings life as a German soldier in WW 2 to life with some of the most vivid images in all literature. Evokes the sadness we must all share at the fact of our flawed nature. A nature capable of such highs and lows; such tenderness but also such complete evil. Readers must rethink the concept of "Them" being somehow different from "Us". Mind altering reading.
"Others might someday understand that men can love the same virtues on both sides of a conflict, and that pain is international".
From the epilogue of Guy Sajer's remarkable account of the brutality of life on the Eastern Front as a young German soldier. The relentlessness of the Russians to push the invading Germans from their lands was savage beyond belief. With overwhelming numbers of men and steadily increasing materiel supremacy also, they continued to push the Germans out of Russia, back through Poland and finally back into Germany along with a tidal wave of refugees fleeing the brutality of the Russians. Starving, ill-equipped, under-supplied and under-supported, Sajer and his compatriots stood by and supported each other through their nightmare experiences.
This book shows the real brutality of total war and the price it extracts from men and nations. A powerful and moving account that the reader will not soon forget.