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Striking Back: A Jewish Commando's War Against the Nazis Hardcover – September 23, 1997
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I read books like this partly as war/adventure stories but also and particularly as stories of fighting back against evil. I like to read about the oppressed turning on and defeating their oppressors, of Jews shooting at Nazis. Masters and his comrades did that and did it well.
Masters, born Peter Arany in Austria, escaped Vienna to England in 1938 with his mother and sister, his divorced father escaping separately, also to England. He was 16 and Jewish.
At the start of the war he and his father were interned as "enemy aliens." After all, they had come from a land that was then part of Germany. Eventually he was able to get out to join the army, but only in an unarmed "Pioneer" labor battalion. In 1943 he was finally selected for advanced commando training in a unit of mostly Jewish native German speakers. They underwent extraordinary physical training, running, mountain climbing, parachuting, hand to hand combat, as well as training in all kinds of weapons. Finally on D-Day he went ashore in Europe and fought on the front lines, usually in reconnaissance right up to the enemy lines, in attacks, and in prisoner interrogations. After a short rest in England his unit was back fighting in the Ardennes, the Rhine crossing, and the conquest of Germany.
Although M was 75 when this book was published it was written with much clarity and insight and a considerable appreciation of the viewpoint of his youth.Read more ›
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Very interesting book about Jewish immigrants in England who were allowed to form their own commando unit and trained
to land on D-day helping with the invasion of France.
There are better WWII non fiction biographies out there plain and simple. It is a shame, I had high hopes for this book. Read morePublished on November 4, 2013 by Sir ReviewsAlot
I lost interest fairly quickly with this book. Too detailed in mundane areas. I like to move on to the resistance itself and what happened where. Read morePublished on September 16, 2013 by EYESMILE