The Forgotten Soldier by Guy Sajer

The Forgotten Soldier

By Guy Sajer

  • Release Date: 2013-04-11
  • Genre: Military
Score: 4.5
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Description

An international bestseller, this is a German soldier's first-hand account of life on Russian front during the second half of the Second World War.

When Guy Sajer joins the infantry full of ideals in the summer of 1942, the German army is enjoying unparalleled success in Russia. However, he quickly finds that for the foot soldier the glory of military success hides a much harsher reality of hunger, fatigue and constant deprivation. Posted to the crack Grosse Deutschland division, with its sadistic instructors who shoot down those who fail to make the grade, he enters a violent and remorseless world where all youthful hope is gradually ground down, and all that matters is the brute will to survive. As the biting cold of the Russian winter sets in, and the tide begins to turn against the Germans, life becomes an endless round of pounding artillery attacks and vicious combat against a relentless and merciless Red Army. A book of stunning force, this is an unforgettable reminder of the horrors of war.

Reviews

  • The forgotten soldier

    5
    By Mr Valdov
    Quite possibly the best written memoir of the Second World War. Guy Sajer's account of his harrowing experience on the Eastern Front is made all the more desperate knowing the full outcome of the events. The last chapter is particularly heartbreaking, given the nature of his demobilisation and being forced to leave his beloved friends behind. It's a humanising look at the dehumanising effects of total warfare. "Remember us. For we too have lived, loved, and laughed."
  • Outstanding!

    5
    By rabbi 1990
    I have read this book 3 times now and it ceases to amaze me how vivid and compelling the reading is. The sheer way he writes about his experiences on the front and back home are truly amazing! Fantastic book and would highly recommend.
  • Some quite different perspectives

    5
    By Dan123098
    Whether or not, quite an incredible achievement.
  • Gripping!

    5
    By Davidthepoolplayer
    This story is exceedingly good when it comes to capturing your emotions and even more thrilling to know that this is a true story. Very elaborate but at the same time simple. A must read!
  • Must read.

    5
    By Yutt245
    Guy Sajer's book made all of the boys stories, gung ho novels and 'I was there' accounts I had ever read before seem insignificant. This book is harrowing, a crying out against the horror of war and yet, at the same time, a testament to the fighting spirit of youth. If you are interested in history, then this book brings it to life, brutally. If you are interested in the human spirit then it shines. And if you feel any emotion when you see irony, sarcasm and coarse humor in the circumstances this man found himself in then you are going to find this book incredible. I did.
  • A must read

    5
    By Jimalmighty
    Put your tall tale glory books down and read this, a real and harrowing account of fighting for life as much as fighting the war. This is possibly the best war book I have ever read and worth every penny. 10/10 Jim
  • The Forgotten soldier

    5
    By Rydioumsgirl
    This is a brilliant story have read it in hard back and now I book you feel like your living there with him fantastic book

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