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Kommando Reichsführer Himmler

(Legion of the Damned #9)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  959 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Het gerucht gaat dat we naar Warschau worden overgeplaatst. Heide, die altijd goed op de hoogte is, beweert dat het daar de hel is. Er wordt gezegd dat de Duitsers zich terugtrekken uit het oostfront. Duizenden Britse parachutisten zijn geland en een stroom van Poolse soldaten komt uit de bossen. Maar het Poolse binnenlandse leger is al ter dood veroordeeld. Niet alleen ...more
Published (first published April 1st 1971)
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Dec 05, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ww2
There's no shying away from the horrors of war in this gut-churning WWII read, detailing the story from the German side. A group of outsiders in the Penal Regiment find themselves in Poland, caught between the courageous Polish resistance and the sadistic S.S.

Hassel's books are all quite similar, detailing the horrors of warfare and all featuring the same group of downtrodden characters. There's no shying away from bloodshed and depravity here, as anti-war sentiments run high.

The result is an
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9th Reign of Hell chapter by chapter: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. The Camp At Sennelager Explanation of penal battalions. Section waiting at a railway station and playing cards with French and British POWs. Porta has a collection of war souvenirs ready for trade with the Americans. Tiny tries to adopt a horse. Heide gets set up on a charge but Lt L�we gets him out of trouble. Talk about the Commandant of Sennelager, Count von Gernstein and ...more
Jan 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sven-hassel
Penal Regiment this time fights in Warsaw during the Warsaw Uprising in 1944. They had nothing to loose but their lives. Warsaw citizens - guerillas made them work hard for their pay. The guerillas made the fight a hell for German troops.
Andreas Schmidt
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un libro a tema che parla della rivolta di Varsavia e del tremendo eccidio che ne seguì per rappresaglia, sotto lo sguardo compiacente dei Russi che si limitarono a favorire i tedeschi nel compito con una tregua non concordata sul fronte. In questo libro vi è, come negli altri precedenti, la ridondanza delle informazioni sui personaggi. I protagonisti vivono come sempre tra fatti quotidiani ( donne, affari, grattacapi ) e pallottole, sempre a metà strada tra la vita e la morte in un mondo dove ...more
David Miller
Hassel's series of World War II tank regiment books have become more focused on famous episodes: Monte Cassino, Stalingrad, and now in this book, the Warsaw Uprising. The storytelling and characterization have dropped off. The scenes are as powerful and well drawn as always, but very episodic and not connected to each other.
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldnt put it better than Newsday put it on the back cover An exposé of the absurdity of war, and a moving plea for peace ...more
Pernilla Viberti
è uno splendido romanzo che racconta la guerra senza retorica, un libro che definirei pacifista proprio per come dipinge senza retorica le atrocità della guerra
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leste den norske utgaven
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Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Members of a German Penal Regiment find themselves fighting, in a cruelly insane war, across Poland.

This was a relentlessly bleak / brutal book, looking at a series of actions in WWII that were marked out by the level of bloodshed / depravity / betrayal. It was unusual in the way that the events were told from the perspective of the German soldiers.

I thought this was a good book, but one filled with the horrors of war (which are described in detail) so not for the squeamish.

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Aug 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"- Den nationalsocialistiska idén, förklarar han för papegojan, rör sig om att allesammans har det bra. Du måste låta avfärga dig, när vi har krossat kommunismen och den internationella judendomen. I den nya tiden finns det inte plats för röda papegojor. Var kommer ni för resten ifrån, min herre? Ni liknar inte någon german! Er näbb har en egendomlig form!"

"Adam Lutz störtade sig dödsföraktande fram mot de sibiriska undermänniskorna. Han fick högra benet avskjutet, men han tog det resolut och
Apr 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, military
Reading Sven Hassels books is sure way to the pacifism and sometimes it could bring very bad dreams about horrors of war. This time Sven, Tiny, Alte, Porta and others are in Poland and they are witness of destruction of Polish uprising. Warsaw was ordered to be destroyed and author leads us trough every grim detail of it. Murders and horrid deaths with very cold descriptions of various atrocities are put on with ease and one could thing that such things should never repeat ever again.

Razvan Banciu
Dec 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
probably not the finest piece of literature, but surely a lively book. characters are colourful and human, besides their transformation during the war. fragments of written nazi history give us the feeling of non-fiction and make us see the ugliness of the third reich. everyone should read at least one of Hassel's books.
May 02, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Did make me laugh when I found a copy on the book shelves, I remember reading all the series when in my mid teens; then I would of prob rated it as 5 stars ! As a more diserning reader and an adult the foul language and infantile behaviour has modified my rating.
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series are better than heroin.
Sean Peters
Mar 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To this day I remember reading all Sven Hassell books and all the characters he had in his books.

Iain Watson
Reign of Hell (Cassell Military Paperbacks) by Sven Hassel (2004)
May 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The characters are witness of destruction of Polish uprising as Himmler swears that Warsaw should be razed to the ground.
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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 ...more

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