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Blood Red Snow: The Memoirs of a German Soldier on the Eastern Front
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Blood Red Snow: The Memoirs of a German Soldier on the Eastern Front

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by Gunter K. Koschorrek
 

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For the German soldier fighting under Hitler, keeping a diary was strictly forbidden. So Gunter Koschorrek, a fresh young recruit, wrote his notes on whatever scraps of paper he could find and sewed the pages into the lining of his winter coat. Left with his mother on his rare trips home, this illicit diary eventually was lost—and did not come to light until

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For the German soldier fighting under Hitler, keeping a diary was strictly forbidden. So Gunter Koschorrek, a fresh young recruit, wrote his notes on whatever scraps of paper he could find and sewed the pages into the lining of his winter coat. Left with his mother on his rare trips home, this illicit diary eventually was lost—and did not come to light until some 40 years later when Koschorrek was reunited with his daughter in America. It is this remarkable document, a unique day-to-day account of the common German soldier’s experience, that makes up the memoir that is Blood Red Snow.

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Library Journal
This memoir is the first-person account of a German soldier who served on the eastern front during World War II. The author is not concerned with examining the reasons for the war or the tactics used to fight it. Rather, he sets out to present the day-to-day realities of the German soldiers by naming them and then relating their fates, which too often was violent death. Many of Koschorrek's compatriots were run over by Soviet tanks or blown to pieces by Soviet shells. This memoir by a former German soldier is reminiscent of accounts by American GIs, such as Charles Reis Felix's recent Crossing the Sauer. For capturing so unsparingly the banality and horror of war, this book is highly recommended for large public and academic libraries. Robert J. Andrews, Duluth P.L., MN Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9780760321980
Publisher:
Zenith Press
Publication date:
09/29/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
132,312
Product dimensions:
8.96(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.83(d)

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Blood Red Snow: The Memoirs of a German Soldier on the Eastern Front 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Bricklin107 More than 1 year ago
One of the best accounts of the Eastern Front that i have read. The other being the Forgotten Soldier by Guy Sayer. This is a must for any interested in the Eastern Front. Thank goodness for all of us that his daughter saved his notes. Very compelling
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recently acquired this book from my brother, who recommended highly that I read it. I'm glad he did. I have a military book collection that is just short of 1000 copies, and this is one of the best in the bunch. It is a book that I would put in the same classification, if not quality, as 'All Quiet on the Western Front', 'The Forgotten Soldier:, and 'The Rising Sun'. I read the book in two days, much to my wife's chagrin, as she couldn't get me to do much of anything else. It is well written, with an occasional grammer or spelling error, which reminds the reader that this memoir wasn't written by some collegiate blue blood, but by someone who 'was there'. I highly recommend this title - you won't be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very interesting perspective on WW2 written by a common soldier who experienced a lot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best stories from a different view. Soldiers are soldiers no matter what their origion. They are people cough up in the madness of war.
Cary_K 9 months ago
This is hands down the best first person account of WWII on the German side that I have come across. It is well laid out, and the author's painstaking efforts to gather and keep the information presented in the book makes it that much more of an engaging read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author does a great job at painting a picture of what war is like for a standard German soldier during wwii. The modern day viewpoints of this nasty war is all Germans were Nazis and we're the scum of the earth. This is an interesting read that shows a different, true iewpoint we rarely think of. Highly recommend.
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