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READ DOWNLOAD Ä Blood Red Snow : The Memoirs of a German Soldier on the Eastern Front ô For The German Soldier Fighting Under Hitler, Keeping A Diary Was Strictly Forbidden So Gunther Koschorrek, A Fresh Young Recruit, Wrote His Notes On Whatever Scraps Of Paper He Could Find And Sewed The Pages Into The Lining Of His Winter Coat Left With His Mother On His Rare Trips Home, This Illicit Diary Eventually Was Lostand Was Not Coming To Light Until SomeYears Later When Koschorrek Was Reunited With His Daughter In America It Is This Remarkable Document, A Unique Daytoday Account Of The Common German Soldiers Experience 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 barbarically to soldiers and civilians alike. He may have had some principles which he espoused at times, but he was more the exception. He was indeed fortunate to survive, and start a new life. Too many were not given that chance. Woina Kaput! 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. Brutal. He becomes an experienced and lethal Heavy Machine Gun (HMG) gunner. His HMG saves the day many times but the MGs are always a target. His crew pays a heavy price. We are with him as he loses two assistant gunners in rapid succession to headshots by a Soviet sniper with explosive bullets (I was unaware of the sniper explosive bullet until now). The unrelenting cold and the mud come to life in his account. Short detours to France, Italy and Denmark break up the story. Wounded 7 times, you get to follow a plain, unassuming mudslogger into the deepest penetration of the USSR and back out. Permanent addition to the WWII librarynow I just need to get a hard copy. 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. This memoir is particularly close to me because my father also fought for the Germans on that violent Eastern Front. But he never talked much about it. 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 to us and gave us so much more than so many personal account give; emotion and feeling, fear and joy. As we Gunter both breakdown somewhat and become a stalwart of his unit we see him become so much more. This isn't just a former soldier telling his contributions to a greater fight; instead it becomes more personal, as in you almost feel Gunter is telling you his experiences in person. This is a very good account of a warrior's experience, an absolute must for anyone interested in personal accounts from WWII.