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  • At Leningrad's Gates

  • The Combat Memoirs of a Soldier with Army Group North
  • By: William Lubbeck
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cowley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

This is the remarkable story of a German soldier who fought throughout World War II, rising from conscript private to captain of a heavy weapons company on the Eastern Front. >William Lubbeck, age 19, was drafted into the Wehrmacht in August 1939. As a member of the 58th Infantry Division, he received his baptism of fire during the 1940 invasion of France. The following spring his division served on the left flank of Army Group North in Operation Barbarossa.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Unbearable performance

  • By Rew on 11-10-2018

Unbearable performance

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-2018

I couldn't get much past the preface - as much as I was interested in this title, the narrator is dreadful. It seems he has not bothered to understand or interpret what he's reading, and every emphasis and inflection is on the wrong words.

Have to exchange it.

  • In Deadly Combat

  • A German Soldier's Memoir of the Eastern Front
  • By: Gottlob Herbert Bidermann, Derek S. Zumbro - translator
  • Narrated by: Paul Woodson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23

Wounded five times and awarded numerous decorations for valor, Gottlob Herbert Bidermann saw action in the Crimea and siege of Sebastopol, participated in the vicious battles in the forests south of Leningrad, and ended the war in the Courland Pocket. In his memoir, he shares his impressions of countless Russian POWs seen at the outset of his service, of peasants struggling to survive the hostilities while caught between two ruthless antagonists, and of corpses littering the landscape.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A poignant and compelling story

  • By Rew on 29-06-2017

A poignant and compelling story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-06-2017

Bidermann's story is a fascinating glimpse into the life of a German soldier on the Eastern front - written simply, elegantly, and without dwelling on the politics of the war, nor on the horrors.

While it's always hard to know how genuine are claims of moral behaviour - he seems to not have harmed or abused a single non-combatant in all of his years of struggle - this story certainly gives the reader an empathy for the German soldier on the Eastern front, a character usually villified as a soulless automaton driven by evil.

Well worth listening.

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