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The Commissar (Legion of the Damned #14)

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Sven Hassel, whose fact-based tales of Second World Warfare have sold millions, has created another horrific war novel, this time set on the deadly Russian front. The Commissar had the biggest secret of the Russian war: 30 million dollars of Soviet gold hidden behind Russian lines and Porta was determined to make sure his band of prison soldiers got their share. They were ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 3rd 2008 by Cassell (first published January 1st 1984)
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Jun 30, 2008 John rated it really liked it
Porta and our favourites do their best to find the hidden 30 million dollars of Soviet gold from behind Russian lines. As usual they suffer through the terror of the Russian campaign as they hunt for the gold.

Sven Hassel again manages to portray the horrors of the Russian front and sprinkle it with humour. Yet again we go on an adventure with Sven, Tiny, Porta, the Legionaire etc as they once more get dragged into Porta's latest scam.

A far easier read than many of Hassel's books.
Procyon Lotor
14th - ?? ???? ????! The Commissar chapter by chapter: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. Panzer Attack Tank battle. Visit to vodka distillery. Confusion during regimental inspection - the general cannot understand that Albert is black. Tiny and Porta get hold of suckling pigs. 2. The Fat Leutnant Company sent to "rest" behind front lines. Tiny describes his bike ride through Hamburg. More recipes from Porta. Trouble with the fat leutnant. Booby t ...more
Otto Thebierdude
THis is one of the first books that I bought as a lad that was not Sci-fi or fantasy!
I have re-read it loads just love being one of the lads in this group of missfits !!
Razvan Banciu
Feb 15, 2015 Razvan Banciu rated it really liked it
one of the best from the series. the first part has its usual content, as the second has a strong resemblance to Jaroslav Hasek's Svejk. Porta and The Little one are somehow adorable in their rough manners and made us forget for some moments that we are reading a serious book. a book which should be translated and given to all the military men the world around. perhaps they would learn something about war...
Nov 26, 2009 Anna rated it liked it
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Sven Hassel once again showed the brutality of the Russian campaign on Eastern front during World War II. Porta, Legionnaire and others fight for survival and hunt the Soviet gold.
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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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