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Gestapo (Legion of the Damned #5)

3.91  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,209 Ratings  ·  21 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
405 pages
Published 1973 by Gummerus (first published 1963)
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Andrei Tamaş
Oct 27, 2015 Andrei Tamaş rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
E drept că romanul tratează o tematică deja "expirată" -viața militarului în timpul celui de-al doilea război mondial- și e drept că nu impresionează prin diversitatea caracterelor umane, însă simplul fapt pe care Hassel îl descrie tinde să țină de morală: el nu spune că războiul este eminamente devastator, el doar prezintă războiul, iar tu, ca cititor care știe să aducă ceea ce citește în față supraeului (acel tribunal moral de care vorbea Freud), vei trage concluzia aferentă.
Spusesem că nu imp
Actually 3,5... but somehow 4 is too much.
Aug 14, 2010 Bogdan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Raluca Nicula
Mar 06, 2016 Raluca Nicula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Imediat ce începi să citești GESTAPO, te simți ca la cinematograf, vizionând un film 3d care te absoarbe cu totul. Devii un martor oripilat al unor scene despre care doar auzisei vag că ar exista. Macabrul de pe câmpul de război și atrocitățile din închisorile naziste te vor face să trăiești acțiunea cu un nod în gât, dacă ești mai slab de înger. Autorul danez Sven Hassel descrie fără pic de milă, dar cu un umor nebun, scene terifiante, având experiența implicării personale în luptele din cel de ...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
Mar 13, 2009 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jul 21, 2014 Otto Thebierdude rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Veaceslav Eremia
Mar 30, 2016 Veaceslav Eremia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Am citit că s-a specificat m-ai devreme că personajele nu sunt chiar ,,despăturite'',nu li s-a deschis personalitatea.În cazul dat nici nu prea era nevoia.Romanul dat este unul evident anti-război,este unul ce îți arată toată esența totalitarismului,controlului total și permanent asupra vieții unei întregi țări.Deasemenea,abordează tema cum acele grozăvii inmaginabile de pe front prefac oamenii în niște fiare,pentru care berea și țigările costă mai mult decât o viață omenească.Romanul se citește ...more
Feb 02, 2010 Matimate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military, 2010
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
Pierre Belzec
Feb 09, 2016 Pierre Belzec rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sven Hassel's books remind me of Hans Hellmut Kirst, gritty, suspenseful, no-nonsense stories drawn from their authors' own experiences. This one is typical of Hassel's writing, and a good introduction to his style and pacing.
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
Worst book in the series. Barely managed to read through it...
Sean Peters
Mar 15, 2014 Sean Peters rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sven wrote strong but honest war stories.

Really autobiographical.
Oct 17, 2012 Nicoleta rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Chalit 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.
Nov 20, 2011 Ana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tipically Sven Hassel.. a humorous, cinical, extremelly cruel but sad story! Delicious mix, I would say.
May 04, 2011 Iustina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Limbaj colorat, umor, război, cruzime, violenţă. De toate găseşti în Gestapo.
o recomand tuturor celor care inca nu au apucat s-o citeasca
Aug 18, 2014 Honza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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