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The Beast Regiment (Legion of the Damned #6)

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This book was originally published in Great Britain as Monte Cassino.
paperback, 248 pages
Published July 1973 by Bantam Books (first published 1963)
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Apr 18, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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From Sven Hassel's books you can think that the author fought on nearly every possible front of World War II - Stalingrad, Italy, Warsaw, France. But he presents the soldier's life as it can be during brutal fights. Good read.
David Miller
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To be honest, before I read this book I had no idea a tremendous artillery battle was fought at Monte Cassino during the Allied invasion of Italy. I knew Monte Cassino from Thomas Aquinas' residence there, 700 years earlier. It seems the history of the monastery at Monte Cassino stretches back centuries before St. Thomas' arrival.

The Allied bombardment destroyed the monastery, reducing it to a hole in the ground much more effectively than anything ISIS has done lately.

WWII has become something f
Andreas Schmidt
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hassel, punto. Lo stile del maestro, perfezionato, c'è tutto. Questo libro è ambientato nella Campagna d'Italia, nella disperata difesa della Penisola. E' un romanzo di nuova generazione per Argberg, perché è un libro che ha una trama a sé stante, differente dagli altri che pretendevano di essere soltanto delle narrazioni di vita vissuta durante la Seconda guerra mondiale. In questo libro la storia del 27° reggimento panzer s'intreccia con la storia dei "cattolici" in Italia, e con la volontà de ...more
Jun 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military, 2010
The battle over Monte Casino was one of the bloodiest of the WW II and no doubt Hassel decided to put his band there. Sven, Porta, Tiny, Barcelona and others were fighting for survival against masses of Allied forces and yes they managed it again. Sven discovered delights of Rome and walking there with two syphilitic sailors made it even more saucy in a very wrong way. Hassel is his brutal self and the blood and gore is flowing freely and in its gruesome it is very anti-war. He showed us that th ...more
"- Gnäll inte, Schmaus, flinade Heide. Ni judar, som överlever, kommer nog att få hämnd. Ni blir heliga och fridlysta. Det skulle inte förvåna mig, ifall det blir förbjudet att kalla er för judar. Adolf gör er en tjänst. Ni kommer att få hämnd på katolikerna. Dem hatar ni ju lika mycket som Heydrich och Himmler hatar dem. Jag tycker mig se i andanom, att ni kommer att beskylla påven för att gasat judarna.

- Det kommer ingen ärlig jude att göra, protesterade Grapa.

- Det finns inga ärliga judar, fl
Jeff Dawson
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
It’s been forty years since I read this work but what impressed me most was when the group was attempting to free a Tiger from the mud and the towing cable snapped, severing one of their mates. The next thing I know, the books goes missing. My parents had confiscated it saying “it didn’t depict the war and I had no business reading such garbage.” Four months later I found it and went into hiding till I was finished. It was, and still is, an excellent read detailing the daily lives of soldiers fi ...more
Ana  Vlădescu
Evidently, I adore this book also, as I do all of Hassel's. I think it's amazing how he is able to describe a bloody, cruel scene with such macabre details, and still make it seem philosophy. So much entertainment, but it's still trying to teach you some life lessons!
Jason Pastor
Not the best entry in the series. The narrative seems to drag on forever. And what is up with US marines in Italy?
Vladimir Olshevski
not impressed so far
Jun 23, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Am not really one for war, but you can't help but fall for the rouge characters in Svens stories. They draw you in.
Dec 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book

I have read all of Sven Hassel books. This is on of my favourites. It shows the total brutality of war and what a waste of life it is.
Jul 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
brutal and often insane, especially in a penal unit where they have nothing to lose and have to fight the enemy and their own army.
Iain Watson
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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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