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Neužmiršk erškėčių meto. Rytų frontas, 1942-1945. Vermachto kulkosvaidininko dienoraštis

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  1,645 ratings  ·  98 reviews
Lietuvių skaitytojui pateikiamuose Vermachto 24-osios tankų divizijos kareivio atsiminimuose sukrečiamai atsiskleidžia, ką per Antrąjį pasaulinį karą Rytų fronte patyrė vokiečių eiliniai ir puskarininkiai. Buvęs kulkosvaidininkas pasakoja, ką išgyveno kaudamasis prie Stalingrado ir Nikopolio placdarme, purvo klampyne traukdamasis per Ukrainą ir grumdamasis Rumunijoje, Lenk ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published 2010 by Vox Altera (first published 1998)
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Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An easy 4 Stars for my second in a row excellent original source account of history. This one takes us to the Eastern Front shortly before Operation Uranus encircles Stalingrad and the Sixth Army. Koschorrek is a new recruit, anxious to get into battle and prove himself. He is quickly disabused of the glory of battle as we get a long exposure to the retreat back to Germany over the next two years. His incredible survival against the odds brings the fate of the common German soldier into focus. B ...more
Gabriele Goldstone
Feb 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
What I learned from this book is that war is the most insane activity in which humans engage. What I learned from this book is that I'd never want my son to be a soldier. What I learned from this book is that we must read about the past and we must write about the past in order to live a better future. This book is heavy reading, but nowhere near as heavy as writing and living must have been. The soldier was an 18 year recruit when the book begins but how he must have aged before the war was out ...more
Nathan Trachta
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite books of all time is the Forgotten Soldier, it's the standard I measure other personal accounts to and there's been few that have matched it. Have to say this one did it. Blood Red Snow is fabulous! The opening was nice but honestly headed for a weak 4 star rating; I think this was partially because Gunter was either finding himself in writing or had written that section well after the war. What happened during the retreat from Stalingrad though just totally opened Gunter up t ...more
Jul 28, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
How is it possible not to see that such accounts like this one (as is often the case with memoirs of German soldiers) fail to express the most basic acknowledgements of what nazi Germany has done in Russia and the incommensurable sufferings brought to its people. Even if not all soldiers could be fully aware of this at the time of the events, there is no excuse when writing after the end of the war, when everything is made clear. No sorry feelings, or just mockery of it, just the bare minimum to ...more
Aaron Arnold
This is an edited version of a diary kept by a Wehrmacht enlisted man during the various stages and theaters of his service from mid-1942 until the end of the war, with brief interruptions when he gets wounded or doesn't have time to write. As he explains, keeping a diary was forbidden, and though a lot of the situations he gets into seem too insane to be real, given the conditions of the war I can give him a pass on authenticity questions. The Eastern Front was by far the most vicious and awful ...more
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a pretty good memoir. The author explained very well all of his troubles he had during the war and it really shows how hard fighting in a war was.
Oct 17, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would probably give this book 3.5 stars because the author does give a good overview of his time on the Easter Front. There's no question he and his fellow soldiers went through hell, even though he escaped the actual fighting in Stalingrad. The thing that bothered me most was the fact that he said little why the German Army was in Russia. To read this book, you might think Russia attacked Germany.

He also seemed not to understand why the Russians behaved as they did. Both sides behaved barbari
martin rogers
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed reading this book Definetly on par with Forgotten soldier by guy sajer allways really interesting to read of the exploits of the german soldier on the eastern front how some ever got through it god knows nobody can understand what it was like unless they was there and this book takes us as near as possible recommended
Dennis Meier
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
one of the best german soldier memoires about ww2 i have ever read.
Michael Bay
May 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Military History fans
Shelves: military-history
Serving in the German army on the Eastern front from 1942 to 1945, Gunther Koschorrek wrote small notes as a form of a diary. Years later, the notes formed the basis of this book, an account of his experiences in the war. The book reads quickly, as he leaps through large portions of time with only small notes and then slows down to give accounts of particularly brutal battles and incidents. The result is similar to many other first hand accounts of combat, with descriptions of fear, terror, hung ...more
Andy Malcolm
This book left me with a slight unsatisfactory feeling. Although the writing was strong and it contained a lot of interest, it pales substantially when compared to Sajer's 'the Forgotten Soldier' opus. Written in a diary format, the book starts strongly but I was left feeling that something didn't quite add up, and I can't really explain what. Whilst Sajer's book does not even attempt to cover the political side or the atrocities both the Axis and Russians committed, this one goes to great pains ...more
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After a visit to Berlin, I felt like I understood the Western front of WWII much more than I understood the Eastern front. After mentioning this to my dad, he bought me two books; the famous "The Forgotten Soldier" by Guy Sajer and this book, which is less well-known.

In many ways, I preferred this book to the former. The translation was more faithful, so it some ways it felt like I was listening to a German with excellent command of English, but who spoke with German mannerism. I also preferred
Stephan Kapustka
As an avid reader of WW2 memoirs, I didn't come into the book with high expectations. I had figured that this book would be very similar, and inferior, to Guy Sajer's "The Forgotten Soldier", the book to which all German POV memoirs of the Eastern front are compared against. I was pleasantly surprised that this was not the case. For one, the author seems less dreamy and sentimental than Sajer did, and goes more into detail about the actual fighting not just the results of said fighting. That sai ...more
Patrick Belair
This was a very good memoir of a German machine gunner who servived on various fronts.It tells about his service in general terms, no political crap just the thoughts of common soilder caught in the hell of war.It's amazing that he survived when so many on all sides did not,It's written so it flows quickley and it keeps you interested through out the whole book. If you like reading memiors this one should be included in your to read list.
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A truly remarkable primary account of the hell that was the Western front (where 9 out of 10 German casualties occurred during WW2), the author does a very good job in describing what individuals went through from the German side, the injuries he sustained and the massive loss of life and inhumanity he witnessed. Towards the end he recognises the pointlessness of it all.
cole shanks
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't put this book down.

Terrific book about my favorite subject. ..I have read probably every German memoir that can be found. And I would rate "Blood Red Snow" as definitely in the top 3 of those that I have read. It is very well written and the translating is top-notch. I can only grade these books by the amount of time I take to read them and I read this book almost nonstop for 3 days. I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in what it was like to be a common landser on the ea
Roberto Muehlenkamp
As a report transmitting a German front line soldier's experience, Koschorrek's book could be recommended, if it didn't contain some dubious claims that arouse the suspicion of propaganda serving political-ideological purposes.

I'm referring to the descriptions of Soviet massacres against their own civilian population accused of collaborating with the enemy, which the author claims to have witnessed during the German troops' retreat from the river Inhul to Voznesensk on the southern Bug (Mikolayi
Ray Savarda
Oct 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook-read
Fast read, hard to put down. Life of a soldier on the eastern from that was wounded 5 times, yet kept going back. Although I do wonder if it was written with some hindsight, as much of the wording was British, I wonder if he went to live there after the war and started to view his experiences with some shading from that allied perspective.
David Campbell
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military-history
A lucid account of one of the very bloodiest and brutal military struggles in history, Koschorrek miraculously survived that cauldron known as the Eastern Front and was able to put his diary into print. This is a highly readable and engaging book. Once you get into the story, you won't remotely be able to put it down.
Luke Melroy
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great account of the war on the Eastern Front! I can also thank this book for getting me interested in the memoir genre!
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Most histories of WWII tend to be big picture, with some personal anecdotes included to illustrate a point or make it feel more personal. This book is very different. The author was a front-line soldier, an infantryman, who kept a forbidden diary. It is his own experience, with no attempt to look beyond his own squadron and his own orders. It is close up and personal. From it, one gets a sense of the ordinary German soldier as he was, not as history painted by the winners sets him out to be. He ...more
Krisley Freitas
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, wwii
Abrangendo o período de outubro de 42 a junho de 45, o autor conta o dia a dia do soldado alemão no front oriental de forma crua e visceral, mostrando como a morte estava em todo lugar e como uma pessoa que estava conversando com você poderia em uma fração de segundo estar imóvel ao seu lado sem metade da cabeça, após ser alvo de um sniper.

O livro começa com o autor sendo enviado para os arredores de Stalingrado, e mostra o desconhecimento dos soldados quanto ao local para onde estavam sendo env
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is how a war memoir should be!

Herr Koschorrek was a machine gunner in the German army and served on the Eastern Front. During his time there he kept an illicit diary, its pages hidden in the lining of his jacket. Periodically he would send entries home to his mother. After the war, the diary was lost for 40 years, only found when he reconnected with his daughter in the USA.

That's a great story even without the content of the diary, which is very detailed. He makes no claims as to its accura
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book.

It covers the authors experiences on the Eastern Front starting with involvement at Stalingrad and then the long retreat leading into Germany and final defeat.

The book came about only after a long lost daughter from an estranged ex-wife living abroad located him and reunited him with his war diaries which the book is fundamentally based on.

The book excellently coveys the total violence,loss of comrades and general feeling of hopelessness and fear of impeding death.

It is a
Mar 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An account of the trials of a Wehrmacht soldier on the Eastern Front (along with a few shorter campaigns in other locations).

Really makes you appreciate the life most of us live today, shielded from experiencing such trauma and violence. Some of the scenes described in the book are extremely gruesome, and I can’t imagine having them locked in my memory for my entire life.

There are quite a few grammatical errors, but it never really takes away from the story.

I’d recommend this book to anybody loo
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was very enjoyable because it was a true story of a German soldier during WWII which proved to be very interesting. While it was a good book, I only gave it four stars because a lot of the book is waiting around for more interesting stuff but it is a true story so Gunter probably didn't want to leave any detail out. Gunter does a great job of picturing horrific events that are sometimes common in war. Overall I think this book was very interesting and I would recommend it to anyone who ...more
Anthony Vincent
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reading
Not a gentleman.

The guy who wrote complains of the disgusting Soviet attitude towards POWs and civilians, women particularly but never stops to say that he, a German, is an invader. Not a great book and not a nice man. Two stars only due to him being a veteran, of sorts. He was not a staunch Nazi but he was overly proud of himself, never once addressing what happened to the Jews, nor the barbarity of the SS. Better off reading D Day As seen through the eyes of a German.
Noah Inman
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military
We often hear of stories of American G.I.'s in the second World War. Harrowing tales, these help us realize our heritage as a nation and the price other's have paid. However, this book tells the story of a German soldier on the Eastern front. It's easy to forget that soldiers on both sides of the conflict were just that, soldiers. Young men and old men, they did a job for their country. This book is horribly gruesome at times and difficult to read at times but highly recommended.
Bill Westley
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the best memoirs I have read

The author gives the right level of detail to immerse you whilst not going overboard. He strikes me as honest in his storytelling. If you want to have an idea of what life was like at the sharp end on the Eastern Front I seriously recommend this book.
Brian Mikołajczyk
The Memoirs of a German heavy machine gun soldier fighting the majority of World War 2 on the eastern front.
Koschorrek wrote his memoir while fighting the war on scraps of anything he could find detailing his units movements, gains and losses, and his personal feelings at the time of fighting. He was injured 6 times throughout the war...
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“What they meant was that we, the young squirts, will shit in our pants the first time we get fired upon. Nonsense!” 1 likes
“In the distance I can see a group of figures marching in a long row. As they come closer I can see that they are mostly women, loaded down with bundles. Some men are walking along carrying nothing. Hans Weichert gets annoyed with the men for allowing the women to carry the heavy loads while they just walk along beside them. Our wagon chief, the Obergefreiter, explains: ‘In this part of Russia that’s normal. The pajenkas, the girls, and the mattkas, the mothers or women, are from childhood taught to do what the pan, or man, tells them to do. The men are real layabouts: they decide what’s to be done. Whenever you see them they are always walking alongside the women. Indoors they are usually to be found lying on the clay ovens asleep. Nowadays you mostly see only old men—all the youngsters have gone off to the war.” 1 likes
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