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Panzer Gunner: From My Native Canada to the German Osfront and Back: In Action with 25th Panzer Regiment, 7th Panzer Division 1944-45
There are few memoirs available of German Panzer crews that focus on the climactic last 12 months of the war on the Eastern Front, 1944-45. What makes Bruno Friesen's account virtually unique is his family background: his parents came from a German-speaking Mennonite community in Ukraine, and were to all intents and purposes culturally German. To make matters even more ...more
Hardcover, 220 pages
Published February 1st 2008 by Helion & Company
(first published February 2007)
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I thought the subject matter was unique but the writing style was a little off-putting. The turn of phrase was not to my liking. You did get a view of what it was like to train for the role but the in depth analysis of transmissions and sighting reticles made it a little tedious in parts. I would recommend Guy Sayers book Forgotten Soldier over this one as you felt cold reading that book but only felt tired reading this book. A good try but it needed more feeling and less Chilton's Manual.