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Soldat: Reflections of a German Soldier 1936-1948
     

Soldat: Reflections of a German Soldier 1936-1948

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by Siegfried Knappe, Ted Brusaw (With)
 

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A German soldier during World War II offers an inside look at the Nazi war machine, using his wartime diaries to describe how a ruthless psychopath motivated an entire generation of ordinary Germans to carry out his monstrous schemes.

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A German soldier during World War II offers an inside look at the Nazi war machine, using his wartime diaries to describe how a ruthless psychopath motivated an entire generation of ordinary Germans to carry out his monstrous schemes.

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ISBN-13:
9780440215264
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/28/1993
Series:
Dell War Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
451,868
Product dimensions:
4.17(w) x 6.88(h) x 1.17(d)

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Soldat: Reflections of a German Soldier 1936-1948 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
zetner More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books!! Early on, it's a great narrative of the typical soldiers life in combat. Then it becomes quite fascinating to hear his description of the final days of the war as a staff officer. I had the pleasure of visiting Mr. Knappe in 1996. He was  very courteous and pleasant man who gladly indulged my questions!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book doesn an incredible job of portraying the war through the eyes of not so average German soldier, who was present at many of the major engagements of the war, and provides some very interesting perspective not found often on engagements such as the battle of Anzio. Strongly recommended for those seeking to gain a better understanding of the war on the German side.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book I equate with "Eddie Richenbaucher" autobiography. Eddie's telling of his own life is much like the one written by this man. Such a manuscript in my opinon is rare. A must read
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I was 13 years old, and I was very impressed with it. I was amazed that Knappe cheated death several times, lasted through most of ww2, AND being in a russian POW camp, and he incredibly maid it out alive.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book a few years ago while traveling through Germany. I found it really useful in understanding the German perspective on the war. For anyone who contemplates the roots of the war, this book is a worthy read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was having trouble deciding what to buy at the bookstore so my wife impatiently grabbed this book and said 'let's go'. As it turned out, this is now one of my favorite books. Completely interesting, informative and hard to put down ( a rare combination in most books ).
Guest More than 1 year ago
Knappe explains how Germans were led into following Hitler without any excuses. The most interesting parts were the fall of Berlin; how he survived 5 years of Soviet imprisonment, and how his family escaped East Germany. He is matter of fact as he describes Germany's decent into madness.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is well written and worth reading for anyone interrested in WW2. Especially those interrested in the German perspective of that war.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was very interesting. I couldn't believe that Knappe was sent all over the place in both the Eastern & Western front. A very good read. I never wanted to stop reading it. I would buy this book again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in 1995. My unit was deploying to Haiti and I picked it up at the USO desk at Hickam AFB. for the next few days, I was unable to put it down. Mr. Knappe does an outstanding job of showing what WWII was like for the other side. I've been studying WWII since I was a kid, and there's always plenty of books from the Allied perspective, but precious few from the Germans. The Wermacht, although ultimately defeated, demonstrated to the world, what a good, motivated, well-led army can accomplish. Not all the soldiers were Nazi's. In fact most of them knew or cared nothing for their political leaders. They fought to protect Germany, and their brothers in the foxholes with them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was another everage book in a long line of German first person accounts of the war. My biggest problem with he book is that it seems to have been years after the war was over. This necessitated the inclusion of many generalized passages at the expense of the specific. Being an army officer, I like to 'get in the weeds', particularly when it comes to the op-plan, op-order and the actual execution of both. But for a change of pace, I'd still recommend it.