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An international best seller, this is a German soldier's firsthand account of life on Russian front during the second half of the Second World War.

When Guy Sajer joins the infantry full of ideals in the summer of 1942, the German army is enjoying unparalleled success in Russia. However, he quickly finds that for the foot soldier the glory of military success hides a much harsher reality of hunger, fatigue and constant deprivation. Posted to the crack Grosse Deutschland division, with its sadistic instructors who shoot down those who fail to make the grade, he enters a violent and remorseless world where all youthful hope is gradually ground down, and all that matters is the brute will to survive. As the biting cold of the Russian winter sets in, and the tide begins to turn against the Germans, life becomes an endless round of pounding artillery attacks and vicious combat against a relentless and merciless Red Army. A book of stunning force, this is an unforgettable reminder of the horrors of war.

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An extreme example of a personal journey through the Eastern front campaign and all events that were endured. Very moving

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One of the best accounts of the Ost ever written

Read this book. It will take your breath away.

Belgorod and Memel in particular are incredibly harrowing accounts.

Just incredible.

RIP Wesreidau. RIP The Veteran.

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Well written account from a German perspective of the horrors of war experienced by a young man caught up in a an avalanche of steel, blood and guts. A brillant portrail.

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Amazing Journey!

I could not put this down (or stop listening as was the case). An incredible journey of survival. The description of feelings and emotional impact is so important for me in a war memoir and this book was rich in detailing how the horrors of the war effected Sajer.
The voice artist made the story even more engaging with his pace and ramping of energy in action sections.

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war is hell

real life account of the closest the world has come to the battle of arrmageddon

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Powerful.

One of the most powerful and moving memoirs I have ever listened too, the last scene where upon his return to France his own mother walks past him in the street without recognising him really emphasised what the Ostfront must have done to a man.

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  • Sorin Pintiliasa
  • 20-04-2021

Fantastic turn of events

No one in our day could imagine such a life, respect to everyone who participated!

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  • John S.
  • 29-10-2020

A must read for someone who wants to understand both sides of war and well read by the narrator

A great insight in to war on the Russian front from a German perspective. Excellent narration by Roger Davis who really brought the story to life

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  • Chris
  • 18-09-2020

One of my favourite books of all time.

Regardless off all the controversy surrounding how accurate the accounts of the author are. You should take nothing, literally nothing away from these truly incomprehensible recollections of a young soldier, fighting on the Eastern front, during what must have been quite frankly one of the most harrowing experiences a human being can go through.

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  • Bravo470
  • 08-09-2020

The best book on a soldier's personal experience

Got to be the best book on a soldier's personal experiences in world war two, or indeed any other conflict in history .

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  • 22-07-2020

excellent in depth recollection

of a french soldiers experiences on eastern front, Guy Sajer was only 16 when he entered the German army, eventually making it into the most elite regiment. The sheer suffering he witnesses and endures and shares with us is almost too much to bear over the course of the book. So much so, that one often has to put it down after a few pages to compose oneself and emotionally re-center.

Brutal, honest, and traumatizing. This account of the German perspective of the war shows the horrors these young men faced. I feel both the Allied Forces and the Germans acted out of convictions of duty, courage, and the preservation of life. This story will stick with me for years to come and will act as a reminder of the carnage and death that can only come from war.

Writers like Sajer, will never allow the future generations to forget, the miseries of world war soldiers.

World war two was fought by soldiers but described by soldiers who become writers; Sajer belongs to this rare breed; he accomplished this rare job by writing, under stressful circumstances and arranging the information, for future readers.

Sajer did a fine job in describing, the situation and psychology of a foot soldier, respect and value of enemy, Morality of a losing infantry, Hate for partisans, Agony of dying comrades, Worries of families, Benevolence of seniors, Difficulty of weather, Hardship of immobility, Frustration of illness and much more.

This is a very fine book for those, who want to read about the agonies and pain of German soldiers. This book gives altogether a different aspect of world war. This helps in understanding a crucial fact of war that .... the true enemy of, a man in war is .... the war itself!

"We felt like lost souls, who had forgotten that men are made for something else, that time exists, and hope, and sentiments other than anguish; that friendship can be more than ephemeral, that love can sometimes occur, that the earth can be productive, and used for something other than burying the dead.”

― Guy Sajer, The Forgotten Soldier

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  • Nogbad the bad
  • 26-03-2020

Excellent

Read this book years ago first rate narration extremely enjoyable I will certainly listen again

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  • 06-06-2021

gripping story

superb story, limited in detail but all the more real as a result. incredible to have survived such an ordeal

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  • MR C MORGAN
  • 07-02-2021

The best account that I have listened to

An epic and well-narrated story. The most absorbing account of front-line life that I have listened to and I will listen again many times.

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  • mick
  • 28-07-2020

interesting to hear a different side

strange to hear a French man on the other side ! a young boy who should never been there no matter what side , growing up fighting the Russians on the easter front .

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  • 13-06-2021

A credible and engaging personal narrative of war.

I know that there are some who question the authenticity of some of this account, but as ex-military and very well read in the war on the eastern front, I found both Sejer’s descriptions of close combat and the wider details convincing and corroborated. Also, he hardly paints a heroic picture of himself - he’s a solid, competent ‘Landsers’ grunt with his struggles, fear, weaknesses and limits. My only criticism is I would’ve loved a few words on the wider situational context - the names of the Russian offensives and the larger formations and regions within which Sajer fought. I know as an ordinary foot soldier at the time he’d not have had that info, but it’d have been available post-war. However, a useful and interesting insight into serving in the German army in WW2

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  • 15-05-2021

Read twice and listened to once

Good read with honest feelings and emotions 👍👍. Highly recommended, written from the other side

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  • Seán Cronin
  • 18-03-2021

Incredible book!

What a fantastic book this was to listen too. Became hooked almost instantly as it was so interesting hearing how brutal the war was in the east. Guy Sajer certainly doesn't hold back when describing the gruesome details of battles and deaths during his many encounters with the Russians. There's no question the war in the East was a different animal to the west. This really is a must read for anyone looking for a book on WW2.

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