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Blood Red Snow

The Memoirs of a German Soldier on the Eastern Front
Narrated by: Nigel Patterson
Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
5 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Gunter 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 40 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 honor the memory of those who perished. Gunter 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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Realistic day by day week by week account of life in the Eastern Front

This book is suited to the WW2 buff wanting a realistic account of trying to survive the Eastern Front. It makes it clear wits and courage are very important however the randomness of surviving is what is so apparent. The book would suite those with more than a passing interest in the conflict. What I find distracting is not using a German narrator speaking English. The talented narrator of this book I would suggest is upper middle class English, so narrating a book about the British in WW2 or the Zulu wars would to me be a better match. Please Audible take this into consideration to make it more authentic. Like Tiger Tracks and The Last Panther. I would have rated it higher if not for this.

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excellent 1st hand experience

excellent 1st hand experience of the German soldier. told in a very easy to read style.

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  • fill
  • 04-08-2018

Great Book

Liked the story from a grunts point of view on the Eastern Front. Narrator was good except the English accent. Thought a German accent would have been more realistic but maybe too hard to understand?

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  • jacob
  • 22-03-2019

why the British accent?

I can't wrap my mind around as to why they used a British accent... not wasn't only the accent, it was also the fact that British slang was used. the entire experience left me feeling like I was listening to a children's novel, except with bloodshed.

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  • Phil D.
  • 21-03-2019

Good listen.

A glimpse into the life of a German soldier on the eastern front. Well written.

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  • Gabe Lopez
  • 20-03-2019

Best first book ever

Got this one as my first audio book and by god was it the best choice. But bear in mind that this is a German story read aloud by a British man so he throws the occasional British slang term around but it only hurt my immersion for a minute until the story dragged me back in. But now I have a difficult time finding something as good as this story.

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  • Heider1
  • 06-03-2019

Voice Narration

The voice narration will drive you close to mad while trying to struggle on with the story.

I grew so disgusted by the narorators attempt to add excitement that I finally had to end the title with 3 hours left.

Good luck, I would not recommend.

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  • Art Guzman
  • 01-03-2019

It was alright

The story was lacking for me because the author never really developed the characters. You never get attached to anyone so you don’t get to feel all the misery of war. It was akin to a report of what happened during the war.

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  • Connie Lilly
  • 24-02-2019

good over all book

this is a good overall book from a common German Souls around the ground told from there perspective fighting the Russians

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  • Arthur Balourdos
  • 22-02-2019

excellent!

Fantastic book. Really get the feel of the war on the Eastern front. Amazing book.

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  • A. Thomas
  • 22-02-2019

Good war memoir

I thought "Blood Red Snow" was a well-written, interesting memoir of German machine gun soldier's time on the Eastern Front in World War II.

The overall narration was good but I thought the narrator's use of a low, dumb-sounding voice for other soldiers was odd and annoying. Why do other German soldiers sound like knuckle draggers? Haha, minor complaint, but I just found the voice dumb.

Also, I found the author's use of the word "Kalashnikov" to refer to the enemy's rifle, at times, to be odd considering the AK-47 wasn't fielded until 1948. "Kalashnikov," to my knowledge, only refers to the AK-family of rifles. I guess this may just be an innocent mistake but it just seems odd to me.

Overall I recommend the book though the "caveman" voice the narrator used for other German soldiers annoyed me, but it's not a huge deal.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-02-2019

You must hear the people who experienced it

You can quote statistics, dates, geographic locations all day long. But, until you hear the stories of those who were there, you don’t really know anything about it.

If you want to know about the German Army, the Eastern Front, or World War II in general, this book is a “must read”.

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  • paul hadfeild
  • 23-09-2018

very good book

i liked this book it's a good story ,glosses over atrocities and keeps talking about kalashnikov's which didn't exsist until after ww2 but other than that you get the idea it's mainly true .

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  • Jayceon1888
  • 29-08-2018

If you like the Eastern front then you’ll like this book

This book is the story of a teenage recruit on the eastern front in ww2. Its not the best memoir I have read or listened to the story is told in diary form, one thing I did find different in this book is the soilder telling the story is in constant retreat, the story starts from the Don steppe during the assault on Stalingrad and its basically the soilders diary entry’s of the reteat back to German. The story is told well but is quite dry and boring at times for a book about the eastern front. I suppose the truth is sometimes boring compared to other books I have read that I seriously doubt there authenticity. All in all a part of history not wrote about enough

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  • Matthew n.
  • 05-08-2018

Honest view of the brutality of the Eastern front

Have to say this is very engagjng memoir both through the context of the narrative and the performancs of the narrator a must listen for anyone interested in ww2 eastern front from german perspective or ww2 memoirs in general

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  • Ian A
  • 18-01-2019

Excellent.

Superb first hand account, is up there with Guy Sajers The Forgotten Soldier. Epic all round.

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  • James Vespa
  • 03-12-2018

A compelling account of combat in the east

A personal and brutal account of war on the eastern front. At times both touching and barbaric, yet throughout maintains a sense of compassion.
By the end you realise the enormous amount of good fortune any veteran has received just to have survived.