Frontsoldaten: The German Soldier in World War II by Stephen G. FritzFrontsoldaten: The German Soldier in World War II by Stephen G. Fritz

Frontsoldaten: The German Soldier in World War II

byStephen G. Fritz

Paperback | August 1, 1997

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Alois Dwenger, writing from the front in May 1942, complained that people forgot "the actions of simple soldiers.... I believe that true heroism lies in bearing this dreadful everyday life." In exploring the reality of the Landser, the average German soldier in World War II, through letters, diaries, memoirs, and oral histories, Stephen G. Fritz provides the definitive account of the everyday war of the German front soldier. The personal documents of these soldiers, most from the Russian front, where the majority of German infantrymen saw service, paint a richly textured portrait of the Landser that illustrates the complexity and paradox of his daily life. Although clinging to a self-image as a decent fellow, the German soldier nonetheless committed terrible crimes in the name of National Socialism. Idealistic and motivated by a desire to create a new society, he waged a cruel ideological war on behalf of a racist conception of national community. Though he was fiercely proud of his skill and resilience, his stubborn efforts ultimately led only to more senseless destruction. With chapters on training, images of combat, living conditions, combat stress, the personal sensations of war, the bonds of comradeship, and ideology and motivation, Fritz offers a sense of immediacy and intimacy, revealing war through the eyes of these self-styled "little men." In contrasting these German soldiers with their American counterparts, he makes clear how much soldiers everywhere have in common, but he also reveals differences in ideological intensity, group cohesiveness, ingenuity, discipline, and quality of equipment that will come as a surprise to many readers familiar with the history of World War II.
Title:Frontsoldaten: The German Soldier in World War IIFormat:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 9.03 × 6.04 × 0.82 inPublished:August 1, 1997Publisher:University Press Of KentuckyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0813109434

ISBN - 13:9780813109435

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Frontsoldaten Good read if a little long, very informative. Nice to see the other sides viwpoint,, you tend to get the perspective from the frontline.
Date published: 2015-03-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cold hard reality if war from the German view Very in-depth book based on letters home and diaries of the common Landster. No glorification of events or shying away from the atrocities committed on both sides. A sad testament to man's cruelty to his fellow man and decent men forced into indecent acts. Well written and very well laid out with tons of references.
Date published: 2013-02-11