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

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

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by Gunter K Koschorrek, Olav R. Crone-Aamot (Translator)
 

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Gnnter Koschorrek wrote his illicit diary on any scraps of paper he could lay his hands on. As keeping a diary was strictly forbidden, he sewed the pages into the lining of his thick winter coat and deposited them with his mother on infrequent trips home on leave. The diary went missing and it was when he was reunited with his daughter in America some forty years

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Gnnter Koschorrek wrote his illicit diary on any scraps of paper he could lay his hands on. As keeping a diary was strictly forbidden, he sewed the pages into the lining of his thick winter coat and deposited them with his mother on infrequent trips home on leave. The diary went missing and it was when he was reunited with his daughter in America some forty years later that it came to light and became Blood Red Snow. The author was a keen recruit at initial training and his excitement at the first encounter with the enemy in the Russian Steppe is obvious. The horror and confusion of fighting in the streets of Stalingrad are brought to life by his descriptions of the others in his unit; their differing manners and techniques for dealing with the squalor and death. He is also posted to Romania and Italy, assignments he remembers fondly compared to his time on the Eastern Front. This book stands as a memorial to the huge numbers on both sides who did not survive and is, over five decades later, the fulfillment of a responsibility he feels to honour the memory of those who perished. Gnnter K. Koschorrek was a machine-gunner on the Russian front in WWII. He lives in Germany, having retired from his job as managing director of a sales company.

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781853675089
Publisher:
Greenhill Books/Lionel Leventhal, Limited
Publication date:
10/01/2002
Edition description:
First
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.25(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 More than 1 year 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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