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Jėgerio taikiklyje

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  1,953 ratings  ·  81 reviews
Vermachto snaiperio akimis knygoje tiesiai ir nepagrąžintai perteikiama slogi ir nuožmi Rytų fronto 1943–1945 m. tikrovė. Autorius, gavęs universitetinį istoriko, psichologo ir filosofo išsilavinimą, vėliau ne vienerius metus darbavosi tarptautinėje ginklų prekybos kompanijoje, yra snaiperinių šautuvų žinovas. Knyga gimė iš kelis mėnesius trukusių interviu su vienu geriaus ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published 2011 by Vox Altera (first published January 1st 2005)
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Mike_p548
Apr 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book. Puts a human aspect to a Wehrmacht soldier rather than just the demon side we are all used to. What these young soldiers (axis and allies) contended with is unimaginable.
Andrew
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Some compelling battle narratives, but this book is seriously lacking on substance. It's also not a memoir, it's a story related to the author by the anonymous subject (Sepp Allerberger is a pseudonym). Not totally worthless, but I just could not shake a feeling questioning this book's authenticity. The narrative and the writing didn't really wow me, either. I don't know why this book gets so much attention.
James Birch
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chilling detail.

This book offers a chilling look at life on the eastern front, something on which little value was placed. From the author's perspective, It offers a more human look at the life of the average German soldier and makes a brute of the Russian soldier.
Gary Daly
Memoir? History? The author opens up on his gruesome experiences with the speed of a fast food burger. My only feeling is that the war on the Eastern front was so ghastly, so vile that the death and torture experienced by all it consumed becomes more 'unbelievably fantastic' and mythological the further history moves away from the era concerned. This book left me in a smog of the contradiction and curiosity. Allerberger's narrative is weak and confusing and peppered by gob-smacking reflections o ...more
Jerry
Jan 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military-history
Being the memoirs of a German sniper on the Eastern Front, I was expecting a general history of the war with personal accounts interjected. I got so much more. This book is chilling in Wacker's account of his work as a sniper. He killed hundreds of Russians, mostly through a careful methodology he developed in the field. Wacker does not shield you from what that looked like, nor from descriptions of his results. He gives the gory details.

I really did not get a good sense of history from this sto
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Alex Ronk
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
El segundo libro que leo en inglés en el año! eso me emociona porque mi meta es llegar a 5 y casi siempre me quedó en 2 ó 3.

Y tal vez el tema no es algo que comunmente lea porque hay veces que te topas con libros así que la verdad no tienen nada que ofrecer y a mi me ha pasado que mejor los dejó para después o los evito. Pero en el caso de éste fue algo curioso porque no pensaba leerlo hasta después y de repente y como es raro que pueda dormir como la gente decente lo empecé a leer a eso de las
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Marc
Nov 05, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is not your typical book on Eastern Front combat in World War II. Based on extensive interviews with the subject (who is given a different name by the author), the story is told from a third person perspective which gives it the feel of a novel at times. Some may claim the story is untrue because of this, but that shouldn't take away from the fact this is a very good, and at times very disturbing, book on one soldier's experiences fighting the Russians in World War II. There is plenty of co ...more
Neil
Details the accounts of the second most successful Wehrmacht sniper Josef Sepp Allerberger, credited with 257 kills he saw some of the fiercest fighting of the war. Not quite sure about this one, its entertaining for sure, but maybe at the expense of the book being exaggerated and with sensationalized accounts. Reads like a Sven Hassel novel at times. Its also clear the author has a very low opinion of the Red Army,( i suppose total war eastern front style will do that to you) barely 10 pages in ...more
Julian
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: no-ficcion, historia
The book follows Sepp Allerberger, an Austrian sniper, as he retreats with his unit, GJR 144 from the Eastern Front in WWII. No details are spared. The book is gory, full of maimed bodies, rape, intestines, cannibalism and the overall horror of the deadliest war the world has seen. Still, the narrative is full of poetic embellishment, sometimes ridiculous, but often beautiful, if that word can be used in such a violent context.

I have my doubts about the the veracity of the book, though. Not beca
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Jane
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What is it about snipers? What’s the mistique - if any? It isn’t the extraordinary marksmanship, although that is admirable, but rather their skill at melting into a landscape and remaining unseen that impresses me. Not only that; they also need nerves of ice and an unquestioning belief in the rightness of what they do. Which means they are not like the rest of us. Still, this first-person account by a Wehrmacht sniper on the Eastern Front showed not a monster, but someone who, just like his Rus ...more
Tony MassagliaP7
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Josef “Sepp” Allerberger was the one of the deadliest and most successful snipers of the German front and a private soldier to be gifted with the award of the Knight’s Cross. In this sometimes terribly descriptive and vivid memoir, Allerberger provides a detailed description of the commitment in field displays, discipline and the day to day life of the sniper, along with the affects of war. Away from the cameras, prisoners got executed quickly after surrendering. Russian snipers used the explosi ...more
Tom
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Josef Sepp Allerberger was an Austrian conscripted into the German Army. Unfortunately, he was assigned as a machine gunner and soon realized that, on the Eastern front, machine gunners were targeted by the Russians. Fortunately, he was a decent shot with a rifle and quickly became a German sniper.

Allerberger scored the second highest number of "confirmed" kills by any German Sniper with 257. Only those kills witnessed by an officer or an NCO were counted.

The story is about his retreat from the
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Willpintar
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. A very easy read and couldn't put it down. Packed full of interesting accounts(if not a little boastful at times) and well written in the form of memoirs.
I read Red sniper on the eastern front first and this was a brilliant comparison from the German perspective. Would definitely recommend to anyone interested WW2 books.
Richard
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the better books I've read. Interesting, informative, horrifying and thought provoking. It makes you realise that the Russians were equally as sick and awful as the Nazis and there were severe losses and sacrifices by both sides. I'd recommend this book
Laurence
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vivid scenes of the desperate retreat of the German divisions from the vengeful Soviet armies. Interesting to see the situation first hand from a boots on the ground, regular (if talented) soldier.
Ellie Midwood
A very interesting memoir of an Austrian sniper Sepp Allerberger, who was conscripted to serve in the Wehrmacht and soon became one of its few distinguished snipers. Even though I was already familiar with many aspects of the Germans’ service on the Eastern front, this particular account definitely presents an invaluable research source if one wants to learn particularly about the snipers. I knew that the German army (just like any other allied or axis army) never employed as many snipers as the ...more
Dubysa
May 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Knyga su dideliu žodžiu "Hm". Savotiškas vertimas (niekur kitur nesutikau termino "visurbuviai lavonai"), kas puslapis - po "sultingą" sceną, ką su žmogum padaro galvon, kojon, į liemenį, veidą ar ranką pataikiusi kulka, kokia yra kūno traiškymo tanko vikšru anatomija iš arti. Rašantis aiškiai mėgavosi kruvinumais ir žarnomis, mano galva ne tiek tirštindamas spalvas, kiek pateikdamas jas kaip vienintelę "karo tiesą".
Įspūdį sustiprina tai, kad daugelis epizodų (kai prieš snaiperis pahr. herojaus
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Kevin
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book I have read from WWII from the German perspective. While both were enlightening, they couldn’t have been any more different and informative in different ways. The first book was entitled “A Higher Call” and was primarily about the air war over Europe, and how there was an unspoken agreement, a chivalry and respect, that was had among the knights of the air. This second book underscores the brutal conditions of ground troops on the eastern front. The book is a memoir or br ...more
Candychaser21
This is not the type of book I would normally read. For one thing its non-fiction, and for another I'm not big on war books/movies, or things will a lot of blood and guts. My boyfriend had bought this, and he does not read at all, ever. He saw that I am always reading a book, and asked me if I would read it for him and kind of explain what was going on, and let him know if it was good. I was surprised how much I liked it, since it is not something I would have chosen for myself in a million year ...more
Krisley Freitas
Com uma narrativa fluida e interessante que prende a atenção do leitor do início ao fim, o livro conta a trajetória do atirador de elite Josef “Sepp” Allerberger de seu alistamento em julho de 1943 até o fim da Segunda Guerra Mundial.

O livro é uma “autobiografia” escrita por Albrecht Wacker com base em entrevistas com o biografado, o autor optou por escrever em primeira pessoa uma vez que havia relatos e informações suficientes para tanto.

Josef Allerberger expõe seus pensamentos e sentimentos de
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Mai-Lan Hanley
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A New Perspective

An excellent account told by a young German Austrian boy drafted into a unit of the German Alpine unit! Initially as a machine gunner to the Eastern Front where the life expectancy for a machine gunner was exceptionally short. After a no or sound and some rehab, he managed to talk himself into a transfer as a sniper! He discovers he has some natural skill as a sniper and gives a chilling description of his experiences fighting the Russians as the German Army is in retreat! His d
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Neil Brunton
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cross hairs !

Thoroughly good read . Very vivid in its account of the savagery of the eastern front during ww2 . This book does one thing better than a lot of war memoirs ,it tells the truth in that war is not heroic and friend or foe alike will do what is necessary to survive the utter senselessness of it all.
Sokolik
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listening
Neuvěřitelný pohled na něco, co většina z nás nezažila. Očima člověka, který díky pudům valečníka, horského myslivce, lovce, přežil v první linii tři roky. A jako jeden z mála se vrátil z fronty domů.
Tato knížka neoslavuje hrdinské vojáky, je to bolestná zpověď skutečné války, kde každá minuta je bojem o vlastní přežití. Za jakoukoliv cenu. Ve světě, kde rytířská pravidla neplatí.
Kaspars Laizans
A story of constant retreat

Reasonably well written, stories are both insightful and horrifying. The analysis and philosophy of this sniper somehow don't go too well with a boastful manner "he tells" about his scores:" my aim was true and each shot unfaulteringly found its target". This pathos doesn't go well with a misanthropy and fatalism, expressed elsewhere
John Dolbee
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really depicted the travisty and savagery of war, rape, murder. Makes you feel for the average soldier in the German army. If you want to read a story about how the innocence of a young man can be stripped away. Also depicted good leadership qualities, officers exposing then selves just to make rounds on the front lines and captivating their men
christopher aldous
Harrowing

This book provides an insight into the German soldiers perspective of the war on the eastern front.

The horror of war that effects all sides involved is described in graphic detail. All that said it’s a remarkable account of how a soldier survived some of the most bitter weather and fighting.
Brian Totten
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredible memoir! Could not put down!

Written with the same attention to detail as Leon Degrelle's "The Eastern Front: Memoir of a Warren SS Volunteer 1941-1945" - A must read for the armchair historian
Jason Mckinsey
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm conflicted. On the one hand, we tend to overlook the humanity which made up the German army in WWII- similar hopes, fears, etc. on the other hand, Nazis. overall I found it an interesting read although I frequently had to roll my eyes when he would over-exagerate hinself.
Otis Gill
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating

Fascinating look at the world of a sniper in World War II fighting for the German army. Amazing the impact one sniper could have on a particular battle. This man was right in the thick of things, and it was a miracle he survived. Very interesting book.
Jacob Bergeron
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall a fantastic book and very easy to read. My one issue with the book is that he makes it seem like he was the one who won every battle for the Germans due to his role in the battles. Would recommend
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