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Frontsoldaten: The German Soldier in World War II

Frontsoldaten The German Soldier in World War II Alois Dwenger writing from the front in May of complained that people forgot the actions of simple soldiers I believe that true heroism lies in bearing this dreadful everyday life In exploring

  • Title: Frontsoldaten: The German Soldier in World War II
  • Author: Stephen G. Fritz
  • ISBN: 9780813109435
  • Page: 379
  • Format: Paperback
  • Alois Dwenger, writing from the front in May of 1942, complained that people forgot the actions of simple soldiers.I believe that true heroism lies in bearing this dreadful everyday life In exploring the reality of the Landser, the average German soldier in World War II, through letters, diaries, memoirs, and oral histories, Stephen G Fritz provides the definitive aAlois Dwenger, writing from the front in May of 1942, complained that people forgot the actions of simple soldiers.I believe that true heroism lies in bearing this dreadful everyday life In exploring the reality of the Landser, the average German soldier in World War II, through letters, diaries, memoirs, and oral histories, Stephen G Fritz provides the definitive account of the everyday war of the German front soldier.The personal documents of these soldiers, most from the Russian front, where the majority of German infantrymen saw service, paint a richly textured portrait of the Landser that illustrates the complexity and paradox of his daily life Although clinging to a self image as a decent fellow, the German soldier nonetheless committed terrible crimes in the name of National Socialism When the war was finally over, and his country lay in ruins, the Landser faced a bitter truth all his exertions and sacrifices had been in the name of a deplorable regime that had committed unprecedented crimes.With chapters on training, images of combat, living conditions, combat stress, the personal sensations of war, the bonds of comradeship, and ideology and motivation, Fritz offers a sense of immediacy and intimacy, revealing war through the eyes of these self styled little men A fascinating look at the day to day life of German soldiers, this is a book not about war but about men It will be vitally important for anyone interested in World War II, German history, or the experiences of common soldiers throughout the world.

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    1 thought on “Frontsoldaten: The German Soldier in World War II

    1. A grim joke and not worth the paper it's printed on.The author breaks the most elementary rules of scholarly writing in this volume by quoting the same references several times in a row - something even an undergraduate would know to avoid. It wouldn't be so bad, if he wasn't quoting the contentious and quite probably fictional FORGOTTEN SOLDIER. Fritz adds nothing new to the discussion of German soldiers in the Second World War, and readers are advised to turn to other material, such as SOLDAT [...]

    2. Really interesting look into the mindset of the German soldier during World War II as the title implies. Uses letters, quotes, and narratives written by soldiers to get a "uncut" view into how they thought. Fascinating to see the similarities and differences between how you'd expect "normal" soldiers would react and how these soldiers, in the midst of large-scale ethnic cleansing programs and riding high on propaganda of hate and intolerance, dealt with the war.Falters a bit in its presentation, [...]

    3. Mostly a select compilation of excerpts from other biographies. Might sound like a great idea if the subject is new to you, but reading a lot of accounts that are mostly devoid of context wasn't for me.

    4. The strength of "Frontsoldaten" is in the excerpts from various collections of the letters of Germansoldiers. The spirit of the individual Landser keptthe Wehrmacht together in the face of overwhelmingevents and it is the spirit of these letters that keepthis book together, which otherwise might be subtitled- "The Forgotten Soldier: Reader's Digest version" Over the first few chapters I counted over 30 references to Guy Sajer's "The Forgotten Soldier"and a dozen to Siegfried Knappe's "Soldat".In [...]

    5. I read this book several years ago. It deals with the front line German soldier in WWII. There are a lot of personal letters, diaries, quotes, etc. It was informative and enlightening. I am not certain I can say I enjoyed the book. It did make me believe that some of my thinking for a long time has been inaccurate. The average German soldier was much more prejudiced, hateful and knowing of many of the wrongs that were happening than I had previously believed. Prior to reading this book I had alw [...]

    6. This book is intense. There are points in the book I think back to my own experiences and see how much we have in common between common soldiers of different eras. This was an army that was absolutely dedicated to the fight and to be honest the type of military that every nation dreams of creating. I could of done without his rambling and thoughts at the end, for his ideas to me just didn't hold much water some of the times. Just give me the raw data, the everyday words of the everyday soldier. [...]

    7. Frontsoldaten, German for "foot soldier", is a haunting collection of letters from German soldiers during WWII. An excellent read for military and civilian alike, Fritz examines the different aspects of the war, none of which were more or less trying. The intensity of emotions expressed by these men is heart wrenching.

    8. In Frontsoldaten Stephen G. Fritz explores the regular German infantry soldier and compare him with American, English and Russian soldiers. Through letters, diary entries and personal testimony emerges a rich and nuanced picture of the German soldiers' everyday lives during World War II. A great book that offers the true picture of the everyday German soldier during WWII.

    9. Very informative and I learned some things I didn't know already. The excerpts from soldiers' diaries and letters were fascinating and really helps the reader get a sense of the very real feelings occurring within the soldiers while these things were being written.

    10. The strength of this book lies not in its often tenuous analysis, but the excerpts from soldiers' letters and diaries. The obvious weakness is the missed opportunity to include testimony of soldiers who witnessed the Holocaust.

    11. Too many quotations strung along on tenuous lines of analysis. Those lines, written by German combatants, are valuable in themselves and make this book worthwhile, but I had hoped for a bit more historical contextualization and look for a bit more substantive contribution from the historian.

    12. Well worth reading, shows the good & the bad from a personal perspective. The author culls diaries, letters and autobiographies for input.

    13. If you want to know what made the common German soldier or "Landser" such an outstanding combat trooper and yet such a frightful human being, this is the book to read!

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