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The Forgotten Soldier

By: Guy Sajer
Narrated by: Roger Davis
Length: 22 hrs and 49 mins
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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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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • philip higginson
  • 17-10-2020

very good book

a long book ,but worth the time it takes to read it ,you won't be disappointed

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-08-2020

What a book!!!!

A huge tragedy of a man sent by the history to face the Hell. I read this book only to see the other side of the history. I found a magnificant story told by a fantastic talented writer. Thank you!

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  • Kindle Customer (Dave)
  • 07-08-2020

Absolutely Superb

This is a brilliant book. I had no idea of the privation these guys had to experience. As a 67 year old Brit I was brought up with the idea that the allies were honourable and the axis were cruel adversaries. I knew of the atrocities committed by the Wermacht during Barbarossa but this author's description of the multiple retreats of the German army before the barbarism of the Red Army made me understand the dreadful plight and personal fortitude of these guys continuing to fight on despite the vastly superior numbers of their foe.

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  • william r
  • 03-08-2020

eye opener

fascinating insight of the daily reality of the average German soldier on the eastern front

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-07-2020

Great read.

A great read from start to finish. Personal experience of which we can only imagine. Self sacrifice and bravery of ordinary men and youth entering, some forced, others volunteering into an horrendous war that was not of their making. All brave men of both sides. Great read.