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Court Martial (Legion of the Damned #12)

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The Commissar had the biggest secret of the Russian War. The location of 30 million dollars of gold, and Porta was determined to make sure his band of prison-soldiers got their share.
Paperback, 318 pages
Published 1979 by Corgi (first published January 1st 1978)
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Mar 20, 2010 Matimate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I fell in love with this author and his books. They are what I imagine in military fiction. There is everything but not pathos. The storytelling drags reader in to thick action and put clear sign that this book is the most anti-war and anti-oppression thing I have ever read. Sven, Porta, Tiny, Alte and others were in the middle of war at the Finnish borders, where the winter was as bad as Russians and even own side. There is episode with very unfair court martial, which put insight in nazi way h ...more
Procyon Lotor
12th Court Martial chapter by chapter: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. The Bridge Fighting in Finland. Mission behind enemy lines to blow up railway bridge. 2. The Battle Group Front line fighting in Arctic winter. Gregor's nose comes off in the cold. Tiny and Porta take off on a food raid. Retreat and fight with T34s. 3. Court Martial Torgau prison. Long description of the courts martial system. 4. The Execution More about Chief Mechanic Wolf. ...more
Jul 23, 2011 Ruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
c1979. One of the last of the series which is about a German platoon (Porta, Tiny, Old Man, the Legionnaire, Heide, Barcelona-Blom, Sven, etc.) on different fronts during WWII and narrates the atrocity and absurdity of war from a German perspective. Bio courtesy of authors website - "Hassel was born in 1917 in Fredensborg, a small village of Denmark. He was raised in the traditional scenario of a Danish working-class family. At the age of 14 Sven embarked in the merchant navy as a shipboy. In 19 ...more
Jan 19, 2016 Bodicainking rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Michał Szczepaniak
W 50% fantazja, w 30% pokretna reinterpretacja i w 20% nagi, calkowicie szczery opis surowej, barbarzynskiej codziennosci w szeregach armii niemieckiej. Autor, piszac swoja autogiografie, tworzy z wlasnych wspomnien i z wlasnej, pelnej sprzecznosci natury kilku bohaterow, ktorzy - realni lub nie - przezywaja wraz z nim dziesiec lat sluzby na wszystkich frontach europejskiej II wojny swiatowej. Jedna uwaga - Hassel nie byl w SS i nie byl nazista, nie rozumiem wiec, jaki idiota na okladce jego ksi ...more
"När straffkompaniet återvänder till Torgau sent på kvällen tas det emot av "Järn-Gustav" som står och väntar, iförd en skinande vit vapenrock. Den har han på sig antingen det är sommar eller vinter. En soldat har det varken för varmt eller för kallt, säger han. Vädret intresserar honom över huvud taget inte. Det påstås att han inte ens lägger märke till om det är vinter eller sommar.

Straffkompanierna måste alltid avsluta dagens tjänst med att marschera runt "Järn-Gustav" sjungande: "Es ist so
May 02, 2014 Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Non stop intense crazy bad taste gore splattered war. Well written and funny... if that's your bag!
Oct 06, 2009 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Group of war comrades in the middle of World War II, when no one, even a general, in German army can't be sure of his fate and the battlefield with Soviet troops attacking isn't the worst place on Earth. War is hell.
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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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