Sniper on the Eastern Front: The Memoirs of Sepp Allerberger, Knight's Cross

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Josef “Sepp” Allerberger was the second most successful sniper of the German Wehrmacht and one of the few private soldiers to be honored with the award of the Knight’s Cross.

An Austrian conscript, after qualifying as a machine gunner he was drafted to the southern sector of the Russian Front in July 1942. Wounded at Voroshilovsk, he experimented with a Russian sniper-rifle while convalescing and so impressed his superiors with his proficiency ...

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Overview

Josef “Sepp” Allerberger was the second most successful sniper of the German Wehrmacht and one of the few private soldiers to be honored with the award of the Knight’s Cross.

An Austrian conscript, after qualifying as a machine gunner he was drafted to the southern sector of the Russian Front in July 1942. Wounded at Voroshilovsk, he experimented with a Russian sniper-rifle while convalescing and so impressed his superiors with his proficiency that he was returned to the front on his regiment’s only sniper specialist.

In this sometimes harrowing memoir, Allerberger provides an excellent introduction to the commitment in field craft, discipline and routine required of the sniper, a man apart. There was no place for chivalry on the Russian Front. Away from the film cameras, no prisoner survived long after surrendering. Russian snipers had used the illegal explosive bullet since 1941, and Hitler eventually authorized its issue in 1944. The result was a battlefield of horror.

Allerberger was a cold-blooded killer, but few will find a place in their hearts for the soldiers of the Red Army against whom he fought.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781781590041
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
  • Publication date: 7/19/2012
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 489,735
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2006

    Brilliant but brutal

    The true story of Sepp Allerberger a Knights Cross winner and one of NAZI Germany's highest scoring sniper. The book details how he become a sniper - he felt he had better survival chances - the combat and sometimes non combat experiences through to the end of the war. This book is brilliant full of action written in similar style of Attacks by Erwin Rommel.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2006

    Real and Honest

    This book is one of the top three military historical accounts of war I have ever read. There is nothing more personal or informing than the accounts of a sniper--life and death magnified through a rifle-scope. Patience, cunning, risk, and heroism are standard issue for men and women who choose this method of warfare. This book is exceptional in every way start reading it when you have a lot of time. You won't want to put it down!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2011

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    An excellent first hand account

    This book not only has exciting stories from one man's experience of the war on the eastern front, but also the harsh stories of attrocities and brutal combat. It is an excellent book both for historians and history buffs who don't mind the harsh realities of the most brutal war in the 20th Century.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2007

    A reviewer

    This book is short but it is full of action, it traces the steps from his first engagement on the Russian Front to his trek home after Germany's surrender, to how and why he became a sniper and his learning curve to keep alive and at the same time do his duty, it gives details of the atrocities the Russians dealt out to prisoners and civilans as they advanced.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2007

    The other side of the war

    This is a great book about German snipers, with all sorts of interresting details, like the explosive bullets they used. I highly recommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2007

    one of the best

    one of the best stories of ww2 i have read nothing is sugar coated it tells the real side of war the brutality and what one is willing to do to survive and the loyalty sepp has to his country even when he knows the war is lost.

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