In Deadly Combat: A German Soldier's Memoir of the Eastern Front (Modern War Studies)
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In Deadly Combat: A German Soldier's Memoir of the Eastern Front (Modern War Studies)

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Firsthand perspectives of German WWII infantrymen are rare, as respected historian Dennis Showalter (Tannenberg: Clash of Empires) points out in his excellent introduction. Bidermann, who is an 18-year-old private in the 132d Infantry Division at the beginning of this memoir, takes us through the invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941, passage across the Dnieper and southern...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 1st 2000 by University Press of Kansas
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'Aussie Rick'
Firstly, before launching yourself into this excellent book please take the time to read the introduction by Dennis Showalter as it will help explain the style of writing to be found in this book. The book was originally written for the survivors of Bidermann's regiment and division, not for the general public. Bearing this in mind you will have a better understanding and feeling for the author's account of his experience of fighting on the Eastern Front during WW2. At times you might find the n...more
John Thompson
Incredibly gripping account of a horrid, horrid war.
Sep 13, 2007 Gavin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: warriors
Shelves: war
He is a noble man who was drafted into the military. As was (still is?) common in the German military, smart and brave non-commisioned officers were routinely tapped to enter officer candidate training schools after serving in the front for a time. He was in charge of a 37 mm antitank gun on the Eastern Front, southern Army group. He participated in the siege of Sevastopol. He was promoted to Lieutenant, eventually higher. Afterwards, his division was sent to the (Northern Army group's) Leningra...more
Boy, that Gottlob, he was one lucky guy to live through the war. There must be 50 memoirs by Germans of life on the Eastern Front, but they're probably the only ones who survived it. This is a good, no-nonsense view of the Eastern Front. It is very clear-headed, militarily speaking. Morally, less so. Herr Bidermann insists no atrocities were committed by his unit or by anyone he knew. Well, maybe. I read it together with another first-hand account, that one by an Alsatian who fought in Russia fo...more
Mar 05, 2008 James rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adolescents and adults interested in military history
A strong story, told articulately by a man who survived a time and place that most in his position didn't. The author fought in the worst of the combat between the Nazi and Soviet armies in World War II, and recounts his experiences simply and in a calm tone that acknowledges the desperation and savagery of what he is describing but remains matter-of-fact. It seems likely that this stems from the same calm under stress that enabled him to keep thinking and fighting when many would have been too...more
This story, from only 65 years ago, is shocking in its total brutality, yet humble in its humanity. Stories from the eastern front add perspective to our lives.
Jeremy Burtt
Loved the part where his unit get holiday gifts in the mail package during a lull in the fighting.
Excellent personal memoir of a German soldier on the Eastern Front in WW2.
Cort Ockfen
So real... as this book is written by a survivor of the Eastern Front.
Brent Woodson
Gave me different perspective of the war ... epic battles intense
Avery god read about a soldier serving on the eastern front
David Levine
Good first person account of combat on the eastern front.
Very good German soldier memoir.
Mike Salmans
Simply a MUST READ!!
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