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Assignment Gestapo (Legion of the Damned #5)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  1,060 ratings  ·  16 reviews
The Washington Post calls Sven Hassel “a brilliant storyteller,” and his series of novels about life in Hitler’s army have sold in the millions. In this wartime adventure, his cast of characters is caught up with the “Disciplinary Regiment,” a tank regiment that doesn’t actually have a tank to its name. Consisting of a bunch of hardened killers dressed in filthy rags and
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Cassell (first published 1963)
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Actually 3,5... but somehow 4 is too much.
In most Eastern Europe countries that were led by communist regimes there was a huge government effort to distort history. They wanted to have good versus bad polarization in all situations. And regarding World War II they wanted to make the same segregation, trying to blame all the bad things on the Germans and all the good things on the Russians. In fact this book, and many others show that there was slightly any difference between the two combatants. They were equally bad and they created sim ...more
Procyon Lotor
4th Assignment Gestapo chapter by chapter: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. The Informer Bit of scene setting action. Arrival of new recruits. Story of raid to get sausages. Porta reminisces about France. Tiny tells the story of his eleven brothers and sisters. Schnapps production. Oberfeldwebel Huhn gets on the wrong side of Tiny and The Legionnaire. Section moves out taking cooking pot of schnapps with them. various anecdotes and stories. Heid ...more
Another book by Sven Hassel, ex-soldier and member of penal batallion during World War II. Shows the real face of war and German army. The members of penal batallion are brutal, mean, wear rugs and stink. But they're also closest comrades for each other. Page - turner.
Otto Thebierdude
A brilliant storyteller, I love to follow the adventures of this Disciplinary Regiment, a tank regiment that doesn’t actually have a tank to its name. Consisting of a bunch of hardened killers dressed in filthy rags and stinking to high heaven, they’re engaged in fighting a brutal battle against the Russians. Then suddenly the orders change: they’re sent to Hamburg, where their next assignment will be guard duty for the bestial Gestapo.
Gareth Evans
In my very early teens I avidly read Sven Hassel's books. What more could a 13 year old want: bad language, violence, camaraderie and some non-intimidating references to sex. Spotting this book in a second-hand shop, I wondered whether how it would read today. Would I start to seek out Sven Hasslels novels again in the way that I have subsequently sought out those of Greene, Yates and Le Carré? The unsurprising answer is no. It's certainly not as awful as I feared. It is tolerably written, but r ...more
Was the reality as described in this book? I don't know. I suspect it was worse. It's kind of sickeningly funny how afraid I was to read about the execution. And how easily it just slipped away. Do people die so easily? With all their dreams, from their families and friends, from the sunshine and the every day chores? I suspect in those times, yes, they did. And hiding behind words, plenty of meaningless words, vulgar stories and little sneaky thefts - in the end why not? There were, I presume, ...more
Sven Hassel had unique talent to describe the most horrid things that one can do to another being. Sven, Porta, Old man , Tiny and Legionnaire were back from horrid Russian front. Their new post was Hamburg, but I would say the all horrors of the front was nothing to compare to way how Gestapo dealt with own people. The old lady who was ratted out for some foolish talks by her neighbor, very capable lieutenant loved by the bunch of our ruffians simply arrested for some obscure reasons and tortur ...more
Alejandro Diaz
I liked the characters and the details about things that happen during a war. The story is easy to read and enjoyable.
More than that, nothing super special.
"- Den där samlarmanin kommer att kosta er huvudet en vacker dag, spådde Gamle. Ni bryter mot två paragrafer genom det där. Den ena gäller likplundring. Den är antagen av alla stater. Den andra är bara underskriven av vår regering: allt tandguld är statens egendom och skall inlämnas till närmaste SD-tjänstställe. Underlåtenhet: dödsstraff.

- Ditt pessimistiska arsel, flinade Porta.

- Jag avlämnar i allt fall inte mitt, fastslog Lillebror. Jag ska ha ett korvstånd och en horkassa för de pengar jag
Sean Peters
Sven wrote strong but honest war stories.

Really autobiographical.
Sincera sa fiu pe mine nu m-a impresionat deloc, nici limbajul, nici actiunea. Poate ca pe alte persoane le impresioneaza un teatru de razboi, dar pe mine nu ma impresioneaza pentru ca am prea multe povesti de genul acesta in jurul meu.
Trebuie sa recunosc ca au fost si momenteamuzante in carte dar din pacate multe dintre ele intrerupte de interminabile descrieri si povestiri.
Daca va tenteaza incercati-o, poate va place.
Jipata C.R.
My thoughts, the darkest themed book in my read through 3 books in the series. A journey alongside the hopelessness of Hamburg military prison and the sadistic filths who feed and keep it alive. Depressing atmosphere aside, Sven Hassel's familiar style of swear-ridden and tale-like storytelling will lock it's readers in place till the end as always.
Tipically Sven Hassel.. a humorous, cinical, extremelly cruel but sad story! Delicious mix, I would say.
Limbaj colorat, umor, război, cruzime, violenţă. De toate găseşti în Gestapo.
o recomand tuturor celor care inca nu au apucat s-o citeasca
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Hassel served in the Danish merchant navy till 1937, when he moved to Germany to join the army. He served with the second Panzer Division stationed at Eisenach and in 1939 was a tank driver during the invasion of Poland. A year later he attempted to escape because of being mentally exhausted. He was transferred to a Sonderabteilung, a penal unit manned by criminals and dissidents. He served with t ...more
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