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Product Details

  • Series: Cassell Military Paperbacks
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030436634X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0304366347
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,881,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English, French (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Born in 1917 in Fredensborg, Denmark, Sven Hassel joined the merchant navy at the age of 14. He did his compulsory year's military service in the Danish forces in 1936 and then, facing unemployment, joined the German army. He served throughout World War II on all fronts except North Africa. When the war ended in 1945 he was transferred between Russian, American and French prison camps, and upon returning to Denmark, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for treason. He began writingLEGION OF THE DAMNED during his time as a prisoner of war. His fourteen World War II books, which draw on his own encounters and experiences as a soldier, have sold over 53 million copies worldwide and have been published in more than 50 countries. He peacefully passed away in Barcelona in 2012, where he had resided since 1964. http://www.svenhassel.net/

Customer Reviews

Read this along with Das Boot.
David Group
This book especially, has a decent twist in the story right at the end!!!
"timark12"
This book took place in Russian enemy territory, and in Germany.
three shot

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 20, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Sven Hassel manages to capture the pure essence of survival in a world gone mad. his stories are realistically horrific yet can capture your mind in a book, which after reading through the first few chapters, you won't want to stop reading it, and once you've finished, you want more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 27, 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Out of all Sven Hassel's books, SS General is not only the most intruguing but also the most enertaining. He manages to combine an excellent war story while preserving a uniue repetoire the reader achieves with all the usual characters (Tiny, Porta, etc) A brillinat book, read it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 18, 1998
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For anyone interested in this campaign or the Eastern Front in general, SS General (along with Blitzfreeze) is a must.
Hassel potrays the full horror of the encirclement with a cold eye for the searing detail that cannot be achieved by anyone who did not freeze and starve on the Eastern Front himself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 1, 1998
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Sven Hassel is a true survivor. His personal account of the horrors of war, the futility and the hope that you must keep going against the odds are no better summarised than in the SS General. The amazing story of his escape from the hell of Stalingrad is compulsory reading.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By three shot on January 17, 2005
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SS General was a thrilling yet creative aspect of the battle. Sven Hassle made A fantastic group

of characters, terrifying settings, and a perfect conflict to wrap the story up, Sven Hassle told a "over the edge experience" plot, very powerful theme

The Characters was Sven Hassle is a guy that has fear but does not show it a leader (Ss general), Porta one of his really great buddies. Tiny is a guy that is doing it for his dream. Gregor a man of hatred and is a jerk yet they stick together. Legionnaire the shyest of them all. These are the main characters there are Lots of other soldiers, Generals and other people that are only in the book for a brief moment.

This book took place in Russian enemy territory, and in Germany. Sven and his comrades ran up and down the freezing winter days of Russia and Germany. They setting took place in Stalingrad, boot camp, enemy lines, the woods, and other little towns they embark on.

The conflict of the story was mainly living the bitter cold and trying to stay alive, without food or water. They ate blood snow, ate Russian soldiers. And took everything they could get. And to do what there leader told them to do Hitler.

As the plot went on it started by going on a mission to Stalingrad and when they got there enemy was one step a head of them and trapped Sven And his buddies. And they had to battle tanks, and masses of soldiers, cold, and starvation.

There are lots of little themes in this book but I see that the moral of this story is. You got to fight for what's right no matter what, and never quit.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 3, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
all the books sven wrote are great.i cant pick any of them which i found the best. the roughness and the extreme humor combined can't be found by any author this days lets honour the man !!!!
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I read all of the Sven Hassel books way back in the early 80's. I thought I would revisit them, as they are available as digital versions. They are still a good, if a little lightweight, read - even after all these years,

Easy to read and get through reasonably quickly (I think my reading ability has vastly improved and sped up since I was 19 or 20 years old).

I wouldn't take the entire story at face value, I would say that after the first book or two in the series that the author has taken some artistic license with the internal details and absolute historians would quibble over some of the scenarios.

Don't let that put you off though; they are a great snapshot of the terrible time the world found itself in WW2, as well as an insight into the brutality of war and the obscene regime of the Nazi's.

The book and the series would suit young men 18 years and over. The style and format lends itself well to start those who are not readers off and, hopefully, develop a thirst for more, and more complex, reads.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Martin Asiner on June 3, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Sven Hassel's novel "SS General" exposes the hideous brutality that was the Second World War. In this book, as in most of his other novels, he writes history as fiction. He is the protagonist of his own works. He sees friends and enemies die in the cauldrons of Stalingrad, Normandy, and Monte Cassino. In SS General, Hassel and his companions are led out of Stalingrad by a renegade SS general, who succeeds in doing exactly that and is executed by a firing squad for having 'abandoned' his post. Hassel also spends considerable time in portraying the murderous antics of a true-life Nazi, Theodore Eicke, who graduated from the ranks of being a concentration camp commandant to that of a SS field general who was given carte blanche by the Fuhrer to execute anyone he pleased. Hassel somehow survives the frozen snows of Stalingrad and the itchy palms of the German field police who executed nearly as many front line soldiers as were killed by the Russians. "SS General" is probably the best in the series of nightmares that Sven Hassel nightly relives. As you read his books, you learn that suffering has a purpose--to prepare for further outrages on your soul. No one tells this message as well as he does.
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