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Eastern Inferno: The Journals of a German Panzerjager on the Eastern Front, 1941 43

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This book presents the remarkable personal journals of a German soldier who participated in Operation Barbarossa and subsequent battles on the Eastern Front, revealing the combat experience of the German-Russian War as seldom seen before.Hans Roth was a member of the anti-tank (Panzerjager) battalion, 299th Infantry Division, attached to Sixth Army, as the invasion of Russ ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Casemate Publishers and Book Distributors
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Dachokie
A Refreshingly Unique Perspective of Germany's War with the Soviet Union ..., March 28, 2011

Sometimes history is presented in such a general manner that end results often overshadow the reality of events that lead to those results; this often leads to misperceptions, dare I say "myths", regarding what really happened. World War II is rife with such generalizations, especially the conflict between Germany and the Soviet Union, where four bitter years of brutality are often summarized in only a fe
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Jimmie Kepler
I have read six books dealing with the Eastern Front in World War II. All were either memoirs written after the fact or traditionally researched works. "Eastern Inferno: The Journals of a German Panzerjager on the Eastern Front, 1941-43" by Hans Roth, edited by Alexander Christine and Mason Kunze is different.

The book is the results of three diaries of Hans Roth. He was accounted as missing in action in 1944. Amazingly a buddy on leave delivered the three volumes of diaries to Roth’s relatives
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Michael Flanagan
This book is a first hand account by Hans Roth a soldier in the German army sent to the Russian front. It is his Journals he kept during his time on the front, 3 in total. The fact that these were written first hand as he moved and fought in Russia lends to this book the raw power and emotions of life on the front as I have never seen on paper before. Even though we do not get to learn much about the men he fights with this book still leaves a burning harrowing personal impression in ones imagin ...more
Greg
Really good look at life on the Eastern Front in WWII for the German soldier. It's still incomprehensible that after witnessing hundreds of innocent civilians (Jews) being murdered the author could only see the butchers on the other side of the front, but not on his own side.
Clarke Wood
This book is actually the journals of German soldier in an anti tank unit on the eastern front from 1941 to 1943 and covers his participation in the invasion, the winter in 1941-42 and then the southern campaign from 1943. The author was probably working on a fourth journal when he went missing during the destruction of Army Group Center in 1944.

The book was a worthwhile read in a number of ways:

The fighting is portrayed from the start as brutal and ruthless, and this soldier's unit is on the de
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Herr Lyppe
Among all the memoirs that I have read, this is certainly unique. In my mind, this is an incredibly important offering and my greatest gratitude to his family for going to such pains to share it with the world. Comprised of 3 journals written by Hans Roth during his service on the Eastern front, this is an honest, open and often brutal insight into his daily experiences. Nothing has been omitted, except in those few letters to his wife that have been graciously included.
It is well written and ve
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Frank Kelly
A terrifying account of life on the Eastern Front from a German soldier's perspective. Day after day, his entries talk of slaughter and utter destruction. The author disappeared at some point in the war and never finished his journals. Another forgotten face in one of the ugliest wars in history.
Jill Kent
Rare perspective

Written as a personal recollection of the days events, this book offers a unique view into the mind of the average soldier. it's not a polished story, it's simply a set of translated journals. it's amazing the hell he goes through on a day by day and still struggles on, year after year. A worthwhile read.
Deborah
This book was an eye into the Eastern offensive in World War II. It provided a glimpse into the contradictory manner in which the Germans operated in. While labeling the Russians as a barbaric and uncultured people, the Germans refused to acknowledge that killing Jews or others randomly were crimes as well.

I often found myself shocked and horrified by the brutality of the war. I also found myself empathetic to the plight of the journalist who only longed for home and his family. He seemed a go
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Patrick L.
A terrifying and sad look at combat on the Eastern Front during WW II from the standpoint of the common soldier!
Tuija
Hyvä näkökulma Operaatio Barbarossaan tavallisen sotilaan näkökulmasta. Joissakin kohdin mietin, että onko mahdollinen englanniksi kääntäjä kääntänyt väärin tai laittanut nykyaikaisen näkökulman tekstiin.
Dana
As a historical account, this is an excellent source straight from a soldier's journals that reflects the brutality of war. As a personal account, I cannot bring myself to feel much pity for his side, the soldier who thinks the Russians are brutal and subhuman while his own people are rounding up Jews for the slaughter. Regardless, it is a good read.

My only complaint with the e-version is that I noticed quite a few typographical and placement errors that were at times distracting to the reading.
Lew
This book is the reprinting of three notebook diaries of a German soldier who on the eastern front. This is a soldier personal view of the fighting. It is not know what happened to Has Roth. The official records have him missing in action and later declared dead. This book doesn't bring much knew to the history of the fighting on the eastern front. It is interesting to read a soldier's private record of his military service in Russia.
Clint
Very interesting to read this point of view. One if my favorites on the eastern front
Dave
Life has its ups and downs, then the Russians retreat and life is good. Then it gets cold and life's a bitch. You know the story. I was rooting for the Reds, but this very personal experience of a stormtrooper on the Eastern Front is fascinating. The story this man tells is different than the one you'll get from a general or a military historian. By the way this guy and his comrades did some really bad things.
Cindy Novak-delaurell
An amazing first hand account of war on the Eastern Front. I have read many books from the American perspective, but never one from the German viewpoint.
Intense, graphic, eye opening. I recommend anyone who wants a balanced account of the war, and had read primarily Allied accounts, add this book to your reading list.
Josh Hamacher
A first-hand account of World War 2's eastern front by a German soldier. By turns it's a fascinating historical account, a horrifying look into what warfare on the Eastern front was really like, and a disturbing window on the extremes of combat.
Keith Hampton
Ok journal of a German Wermacht recon soldier. The writer gives a good rendition of what life was like but after awhile it all begins to feel repetitious.
John Nicholson
Aug 18, 2012 John Nicholson marked it as to-read
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A Kindle purchase ... I succumbed to email marketing. On the shelf with others to be read.
David
Dec 31, 2012 David added it
amazing book! details of a German soldiers life on the front, in day to day vividness.
Kent
As emotionally brutal as All Quiet on the Western Front, but non-fiction.
Dan G
One of the best books on the eastern front in World War II.
Noran Miss Pumkin
The kindle 1.99 deal of the day!
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“general staff and the divisions there exists usually only a single radio wire; between the divisions and the regiments and battalions, there are only messengers. The failure of the Russian radio service came home to them bitterly, and the defeat of the Red leadership can be primarily attributed to it.” 0 likes
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