The Forgotten Soldier

The Forgotten Soldier

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Forgotten Soldier recounts the horror of World War II on the eastern front, as seen through the eyes of a teenaged German soldier. At first an exciting adventure, young Guy Sajer's war becomes, as the German invasion falters in the icy vastness of the Ukraine, a simple, desperate struggle for survival against cold, hunger, and above all the terrifying Soviet artillery. As a member of the elite Gross Deutschland Division, he fought in all the great battles from Kursk to Kharkov.

Sajer's German footsoldier's perspective makes The Forgotten Soldier a unique war memoir, the book that the Christian Science Monitor said "may well be the book about World War II which has been so long awaited." Now it has been handsomely republished containing fifty rare German combat photos of life and death at the eastern front. The photos of troops battling through snow, mud, burned villages, and rubble-strewn cities depict the hardships and destructiveness of war. Many are originally from the private collections of German soldiers and have never been published before. This volume is a deluxe edition of a true classic.
Publisher: Dulles, Va. : Brassey's, 2000, c1971.
ISBN: 9781574882858
Branch Call Number: 940/.5421/092/Sajer 6173mb 1
Characteristics: 465 p. : ill.


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Jun 27, 2016

This is a must read for all military history buffs. I'd like to find a similar type of book written from a Russian soldiers perspective. The great German army was by the time he arrived outgunned and outmanned. One becomes aware of the insightfulness of the author. More than just a chronology of events he spends equal amount of time describing the mental damage caused by the actions he was involved in. I wish he was able to find out whatever happened to his good friend, Hals, and his Berlin girlfriend, Paula, after the war. Without this information the book feels unfinished. I find it amusing that some online sources question whether or not he actually did what he claims, that this is really a novel and some even go so far as to suggest that the main character, Guy Sajer, did not exist. Apparently that the authors real name is, Guy Mouminoux and lives in the Paris suburbs where he worked as a graphic artist.

Apr 16, 2016

A brilliant book, just read it for the 4th time, he went through a living nightmare, its a miracle he survived at all, his home coming brought tears to my eyes.

Nov 11, 2013

An excellent read!

Sep 14, 2013

The description is a little off. He is from Alsace, and is drafted and sent to the Eastern front. Young and average, he is German. This is an individual story, not a book about the larger war. Anyone who doubts that war is a completely miserable experience for those involved can learn the truth here. This is one of my all-time favorite works of any sort. A painful read.

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