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SS Panzergrenadier: A True Story Of World War II Hardcover – December 31, 2001

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ISBN-13: 978-0966904741 ISBN-10: 0966904745 Edition: 1st

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"...tells it as it was for the German soldiers in the last two years of the war..." -- Dr. H.G. Migeod, South Africa

"..deserves widespread distribution in the United States. I hope that this...will be mandatory reading at all American military academies." -- John Schmitz, Colonel, USMC, and former Congressman (January 10, 2001)

"Hans provides a view of 'the other side' that cannot be found in any other book I can think of." -- Elmer Libby, WWII veteran and ex-POW
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 402 pages
  • Publisher: Hans Schmidt Pub; 1st edition (December 31, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966904745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966904741
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,056,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By "coco1966" on July 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I believe this book needs to be read with an open mind, and an awareness that is increasingly lacking in the freeworld - of our own insidious propoganda. In my opinion, only that knowledge of self, will help to understand others better. As a patriotic Englishman who lost relatives in the war, having read the book, I have mixed feelings about the author and the book's content. Much he wrote (and I have checked out) surprisingly dispelled many of the negative myths that are common about the SS, and Schmidt exposes much allied hypocrisy and double standards about the war that are as valid today as they were then. Many of his comments really strike home, and provide valuable insights that the Victor's population rarely of ever get's to hear of: such as the lack of allied deaths in German POW camps, the SS relief of the wounded at the Bridge to Far that saved the lives of 2000 allied troops, and other rather good examples that illustrate the honour code that most, of the most disciplned army of the war, abided by. He also makes very good arguments for the lack of knowledge of the Holocaust by the great mass of the German people, such as; if it were such common knowledge, why wasn't it written about or known in the freeworld, or used in the Allied radio propoganda broadcasts, until they were actually found - never mind in a dictatorship with absolute media control. The same principle works the other way around, even in todays ideal western "democracies" with a free press, satelite communications and the Internet. A good and current example being, the "truth" about Saddam's WMD, which took several countries to war!Read more ›
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43 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Bee on March 18, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a very readable book. It is not a dry historical narrative nor an endless recounting of bloody combat experiences. Rather, it is a very personal account of one individual's story that fits into a larger history. Sitting next to a pretty girl on a troop train, taunts from a soon-to-be freed Russian POW, walking through a recently bombed German village are all relayed with remarkable candor.
The book is definitely written from a German perspective and contains some revisionist elements that made me somewhat uncomfortable. Although, some of these issues, like Eisenhower's horrendous treatment of German POW's and intentional Allied air attacks against civilians, have become pretty widely accepted during the past decade.
I was surprised that there was so little anti-semitism in the SS training experience although I was not particularly surprised at the emphasis on the German way of life and German Military History---in that way it had some parallels with my USMC training experience. There are a few grammatical errors but he writes better than most of the people I was with in graduate school. Further, I assume that English was not his first language. It was entertaining, informative and gave me a very different perspective on an otherwise familiar topic (WWII). I recommend it.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By J. Stevens on January 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
In a world where the SS, including the Waffen-SS, is portrayed as nothing but bloodthirsty murderers, most of the uninitiated jump on the bandwagon of the media and join them in their claim that the aforementioned statement is true. Hans Schmidt, Panzergrenadier of the 1. SS Panzer Division Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler, is not one of them.

As a member of the Waffen-SS, he would know far more about how these soldiers really behaved in battle and in peace. Not only does he describe this in his memoirs, but he also relates (rather chillingly) some of the socio-economic and social conditions that abounded in the Third Reich to some that are occuring in America today. He provides the (true) story of the so-called "Malmedy Massacre", backed up by comments by GI's who were there, and exposes the injustices of the Nuremberg Trials. As it was written very recently, he provides his comments on such things as September 11, the Mazar-i-Sharif prison riot in Afghanistan, Saving Private Ryan, Band of Brothers, current American politics, and other current matters. It begs the question that perhaps we really aren't that different after all... He also goes to great lengths to expose ALLIED war crimes and how Americans were not the best soldiers the world has ever seen, something that few have the courage to do.

The one flaw in this book is the lack of actual combat (not his fault, as he spent a lot of time in the rear as a messenger) and the fact that he says that the Holocaust never happened.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By August Day on March 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the best WWII memoirs I have read. I especially liked how the author relates information in his book to current events and circumstances today.

This is not a narrow memoir only of combat or a boastful account of personal exploits. It is focused on setting the record strait about the role of SS soldiers and the German military in WWII.The author also shares personal insights and observations both about the past and today.This is all accomplished throught the retelling of his time in the elite LAS unit during 1944 until the end of the war.

On a side note the book is produced to a very high quality. Good binding and inserts, much better quality than alot of main stream publishers.
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