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Mortar Gunner On The Eastern Front

Author : Hans Heinz Rehfeldt
ISBN : 1784383619
Genre : History
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A visceral account from contemporaneous diaries of a soldier who frequently came close to death but somehow survived. Following his Abitur (A-levels) in 1940, Rehfeldt volunteered for the Panzer Arm but was trained on the heavy mortar and heavy MG with Grossdeutschland Division. He was on the Front from 1941 fighting for the city of Tula, south of Moscow. Battling in freezing conditions, at its lowest -52℃, the descriptions of the privations are vivid and terrifying. With no winter clothes they resorted to using those taken from Soviet corpses. In 1942, fighting near Oriel, however, his battalion suffered heavy losses and was disbanded. Ill with frostbitten legs, Rehfeldt was treated in hospital and once recovered was dispatched to the Front. Following various battles (Werch, Bolchov) his battalion again suffered heavy losses and it merged. In agony from severe frostbite to his legs, Rehfeldt defied the odds and astonished his surgeon when he walked again. He was promoted from Gunner to Trained Private Soldier in 1942, and to Corporal for bravery in the field in 1943. He was awarded numerous honours including the Wound Badge and the Infantry Assault Badge. On 3 May 1945 he was captured by US Forces and held as PoW for one month in a camp at Waschow before internment in Holstein from where he was released in July 1945 after agreeing to work on the land. In December 1945 he began studying veterinary medicine: his future career. This astonishing account of a man who kept bouncing back from near death is a testament to the author's determination and sheer strength of spirit.
Category: History

Hitler S Defeat On The Eastern Front

Author : Ian Baxter
ISBN : 9781844688807
Genre : History
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A stunning photographic account of Hitler’s last stand in the face of the Red Army’s successful offensive of 1944. Drawing on rare and previously unpublished photographs accompanied by in-depth captions, the book provides an absorbing analysis of this traumatic period of the Second World War. It reveals in detail how the Battle of Kursk was the beginning of the end and how this massive operation led to the Red Army recapturing huge areas of the Soviet Union and bleeding white the German armies it struck. Despite the adverse situation in which both the German Army and its Waffen-SS counterparts were placed, soldiers continued to fight to the bitter end and attempted to build new defense lines. But as the Red Army launched its long awaited summer offensive on June 1944, German forces were forced to withdraw under the constant hammer blows of ground and aerial bombardments. Those German forces that survived the artillery barrages, the onslaught of the tank armadas, and mass infantry assaults, streamed back from the battlefield and fought vicious battles through the Baltic States, Byelorussia, and built up new defense along the Vistula River in Poland. As the final months of the war were played out on the Eastern Front, the army and Waffen-SS, with diminishing resources, withdrew across a devastated Reich and fought out their last battle with party militia forces around a devastated Berlin.
Category: History

The Eastern Front

Author : Robert Edwards
ISBN : 9780811767842
Genre : History
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Stackpole’s Battle Briefings series offers accessible and insightful summaries of battles, commanders, and other military history topics. This volume covers the epic clash between the Germans and Soviets on the Eastern Front during World War II. Highlights include Operation Barbarossa, the massive battles at Stalingrad and Kursk, and the final, desperate resistance of the Germans as the Red Army closed in. Throughout are accounts from the turrets of T-34 and Tiger tanks and from the men who fought, often hand-to-hand, in the snow, mud, and dust of the Eastern Front.
Category: History

German Army On The Eastern Front The Retreat 1943 1945

Author : Ian Baxter
ISBN : 9781473880344
Genre : History
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After the defeat at Stalingrad in January 1943, the German Armys front lines were slowly smashed to pieces by the growing might of the Soviet Army. Yet these soldiers continued to fight gallantly. Even after the failed battle of the Kursk in the summer of 1943, and then a year later when the Russians launched their mighty summer offensive, code names Operation BAGRATION, the German Army continued to fight on, withdrawing under constant enemy ground and air bombardments. As the final months of retreat were played out on the Eastern Front in early 1945, it depicts how the once vaunted German Army, with diminishing resources, withdrew back across the Polish/German frontier to Berlin itself.
Category: History

War On The Eastern Front

Author : James Lucas
ISBN : 9781473841222
Genre : History
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Dawn on Sunday 22 June 1941 saw the opening onslaughts of Operation Barbarossa as German forces stormed forward into the Soviet Union. Few of them were to survive the five long years of bitter struggle.A posting to the Eastern Front during the Second World War was rightly regarded with dread by the German soldiers. They were faced by the unremitting hostility of the climate, the people and even, at times, their own leadership. They saw epic battles such as Stalingrad and Kursk, and yet it was a daily war of attrition which ultimately proved fatal for Hitlers ambition and the German military machine. In this classic account leading military historian James Lucas examines different aspects of the fighting, from war in the trenches to a bicycle-mounted antitank unit fighting against the oncoming Russian hordes. Told through the experiences of the German soldiers who endured these nightmarish years of warfare, War on the Eastern Front is a unique record of this cataclysmic campaign.
Category: History

The Crushing Of Army Group North 1944 1945 On The Eastern Front

Author : Ian Baxter
ISBN : 9781473862586
Genre : History
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The Crushing of Army Group North 1944-45 on the Eastern Front tells the story in words and images of the last bitter months fought on Russian soil and the battle of the Baltic States that ensued. Drawing on rare and unpublished photos it reveals in detail how remnants of Army Group North were driven back to the borders of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. In the battles that followed, the retreating German Panzer and infantry divisions were encircled and annihilated. With the remnants were pushed back into East Prussia, and then fought to the death in the last few small pockets of land surrounding three ports of Libau in Kurland, Pillau in East Prussia and Danzig at the mouth of the River Vistula. It was here that the final battle of Army Group North would take place after Hitler ordered his troops to `stand and fight` and wage an unprecedented battle of attrition.
Category: History

In The Fire Of The Eastern Front

Author : Hendrick C. Verton
ISBN : 9780811750547
Genre : History
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Extraordinary story of a Dutch volunteer in the Waffen-SS. Vivid details on SS training and combat on the Eastern Front. Account of the little-known siege of Breslau in early 1945.
Category: History

800 Days On The Eastern Front

Author : Nikolai Litvin
ISBN : STANFORD:36105123257326
Genre : History
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Litvin's stark, candid memoir focuses on his more than two years of service in the Red Army during its war with Germany. Originally written in 1962 and recently revised through extended interviews between author and translator, the result is a gripping account--in a straightforward, matter-of-fact tone--of the trials and tribulations of being a common Soviet soldier on the Eastern Front during World War II.
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War On The Eastern Front 1941 1945

Author : James Lucas
ISBN : PSU:000043812844
Genre : Soviet Union
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An illustrated account of the German soldiers who invaded Russia from 1941 to 1945--chronicles their day-to-day survival in isolation, experiencing what Hitler had not anticipated
Category: Soviet Union

The German Army On The Western Front 1917 1918

Author : David Bilton
ISBN : 9781844155026
Genre : History
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This highly illustrated book covers the German retreat from the Somme, through the defensive battles of 1917, the Kaiserschlacht (Kaiser's Battle) of early 1918, to the final Allied offensive from August to the end of the War. The post-Armistice events are also covered as the implications of defeat sunk in on an exhausted nation and its shattered army. Each phase is analysed from the German point of view giving an original angle. The photographs vividly demonstrate life and events both at the front line in the trenches as well as in the rear echelons. This book will appeal to a wide spectrum of readers. Its highly illustrated nature is ideal for the general reader while its rare photographs and unusual angle will make it collectable by the more specialist reader.
Category: History

Voices Of War

Author : Peter Liddle
ISBN : STANFORD:36105034326327
Genre : Soldiers
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Eastern Front Combat

Author : Hans J. Wijers
ISBN : STANFORD:36105131733730
Genre : History
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First-person German accounts of bloody combat Includes never-before-seen photos "We had been hit in the left side of our Panzer III and had no choice but to bail out. In our black uniforms, we clearly stood out against the snow. Meanwhile, shells continued to hit our damaged tank, and the splinters flew all around us. We crawled 400 yards on our bellies back to our own lines. No one wanted to fall into Russian hands." --a German tanker at Stalingrad Appearing for the first time in English, these are original accounts by German soldiers who fought on the Eastern Front in World War II. Included are stories from a panzer crewman who survived the fighting at Stalingrad as well as a paratrooper making a last stand before Berlin. Many of the photos have never been published before.
Category: History

The Eastern Front In Photographs

Author : John Erickson
ISBN : IND:30000077058224
Genre : History
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Provides a pictorial account of the Eastern Front campaign from Hitler's Operation Barbarossa, through the Nazis' Blitzkrieg successes, to the fall of Berlin using images from Russian, German, and British collections.
Category: History

Eastern Front

Author : Ian Baxter
ISBN : IND:30000111301531
Genre : Russia
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Featuring 250 previously unpublished action photographs, this work depicts the battles between the Waffen SS and the Red Army on the Eastern Front between 1941 and 1945.
Category: Russia

Eastern Front

Author : Will Fowler
ISBN : UOM:39015054446979
Genre : World War, 1939-1945
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The war on the Eastern Front, 1941 - 1945, was the most bitterly contested, vicious and bloody campaign of the second world war. The conflict, lasting four long years, was fought in one of the harshest environments in the world and cost over 30 million soldiers and civilians their lives. The devastating campaign left the whole of Poland, Germany and European Russia in ruins, and set the tone of East - West relations for over 50 years. Eastern Front: The unpublished photographs is an illustrated record of this awesome campaign.
Category: World War, 1939-1945

Blood Red Snow

Author : Gunter Koschorrek
ISBN : 9781848325968
Genre : History
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Günter Koschorrek wrote his illicit diary on any scraps of paper he could lay his hands on, storing them with his mother on infrequent trips home on leave. The diary went missing, and it was not until he was reunited with his daughter in America some forty years later that it came to light and became Blood Red Snow. The author’s excitement at the first encounter with the enemy in the Russian Steppe is obvious. Later, the horror and confusion of fighting in the streets of Stalingrad are brought to life by his descriptions of the others in his unit – their differing manners and techniques for dealing with the squalor and death. He is also posted to Romania and Italy, assignments he remembers fondly compared to his time on the Eastern Front. This book stands as a memorial to the huge numbers on both sides who did not survive and is, some six decades later, the fulfilment of a responsibility the author feels to honour the memory of those who perished.
Category: History

Lions Of Flanders

Author : Richard Landwehr
ISBN : UVA:X004628855
Genre : History
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For all too many people the "Eastern Front 1941-45" is synonymous with a struggle between Germans and Russians, ignoring the thousands of non-German Europeans who volunteered to take up arms against the most enduring despotic regime of the twentieth century, risking their lives on the most terrible of its battlefronts. Favored as a "Germanic" people over their Walloon (French-speaking) compatriots in the hybrid Belgian state, the Flemings were permitted to field a volunteer legion, a battalion sized infantry unit, under Waffen-SS auspices for service from early as November 1941 in the Northern section between Leningrad and Novgorod; integrated into the 2nd SS-Infantry Brigade and often fighting alongside the Spaniards of the Blue Division and other Western European volunteers, the Flemings proved themselves in defensive fighting in the first winter, in the final reduction of the Volkhov pocket in June 1942 and in Feb.-March 1943 at the battle of Krasnyi Bor.
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