The author could be described as a 'veteran' in every sense of the word, even though he was only aged 21 when the war ended. Armin Scheiderbauer served as an infantry officer with the 252nd Infantry Division, German Army, and saw four years of bitter combat on the Eastern Front, being wounded six times.
This is an outstanding personal memoir, written with great thoughtfulness and honesty. Scheiderbauer joined his unit during the winter of 1941/42, and during the following years saw fierce combat in many of the largest battles on the Eastern Front. His experiences of the 1943-45 period are particularly noteworthy, including his recollections of the massive Soviet offensives of summer 1944 and January 1945. Participating in the bitter battles in East Prussia, he was captured by the Soviets and not released until 1947.
Adventures in my Youth is a unique memoir - the author originally wrote it only for his daughter. It has never been published in any language, until now.
|Publisher:||Helion & Company, Limited|
|Product dimensions:||5.70(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
James A. Gillies has been a familiar voice across BBC television and radio for nearly a quarter of a century. Trained at the Royal Scottish Conservatoire, he has worked as an actor, continuity announcer, program narrator, and newsreader. He lives with his wife and two Norwegian Forest cats in Kilbarchan, Scotland.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I just recently finished reading Armin's account of his war time experiences on the Russian Front (albeit it took me forever). I thought that book could have been EXCELLENT if it was written in a fashion similar to other war time vets, and had been edited! I must say that Armin did go through hell, and back. He did see and experience horrible, and prophetic things during his service as an landser/ officer on the Russian front. However, if one reads this personal account they will be utterly confused and scratching their head within the first chapter or so of the book. A great example of the poor editing and confusion of this book is how Armin will be talking about particular events and say his friend had taken a picture of him, at said place, and then he goes on to describing THE PICTURE(s) in great detail. Yet, this book has only the cover picture, and the picture on the back. Not a single other picture. Armin also jumps around A LOT! all of this will be evident by the end of the first chapter, where he talks about going to Officer Cadet school, and talks about his training and ceremonies on a certain date, and then jumps back several months prior to some thing less significant, and then jumps to a point further in the future. He would often times talk about experiences, and how he thinks about them now, in his old age, and then will talk about them as how he felt at the time, and then he will talk about them as how he told his family in letters. So, you get Armin describing the same thing, 3 different ways (some times the same way) all within the same sections. He also has a bad habit of introducing you to characters, and getting you interested in them, and then telling you that those characters die later on. So you already know their fates, and it is not a shock to you when you learn of their deaths. All in all, I think some one should edit this account, a cut out some of the meaningless bits and pieces, and try to find the actual pictures, and then we would have a great book. Otherwise, I would not suggest buying this. There are many more personal accounts of German soldiers on the Russian front that are a lot more interesting and well put together. Such as Blood Red Snow, At Leningrad's Gates, In Deadly Combat, The Forgotten Soldier (even though their is speculation of its authenticity), Sniper Ace, As far as my feet will carry me. Sorry Armin it is nothing personal, you are a brave man, you just need an editor.