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In Deadly Combat: A German Soldier's Memoir of the Eastern Front (Modern War Studies (Paperback)) Paperback – June 7, 2000
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"Since 1945, the front-line realities of Germany's Russian war have been submerged under so much myth that a book like this represents a welcome reality check. The 132nd's story, and Bidermann's, are part of the 'master narrative' of a 'demodernizing' Wehrmacht, whose men held against unbelievable odds and in the end were sacrificed to one of history's most purely evil causes. It is a story worth making available to American readers."--Dennis Showalter, author of Tannenberg: Clash of Empires
"Stands head and shoulders above the many other books in this genre. Bidermann's style is crisp, succinct, and lucid and Zumbro has done a great job of translating."--David Glantz, coauthor of The Battle of Kursk and When Titans Clashed
About the Author
Derek S. Zumbro, a retired Navy SEAL officer and resident of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, has translated German World War II accounts for the Eisenhower Center, University of New Orleans. His translations have been widely used in books and documentaries.
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Another negative moment for me was his lack of understanding behind the whole war: he does blame Hitler and his clique a lot for the troops’ military losses and misadventures but he completely and utterly refuses to acknowledge that the Wehrmacht shouldn’t have been in the Soviet Union making that war in the first place. He complains a lot about the mistreatment of the German POWs in Soviet captivity when the Soviet POWs in German captivity were treated even worse and died in much bigger quantities. However, the positive moment in those last few chapters for me personally was to learn about the organization and the life in the GULAGs from the person who was actually there, so huge kudos to Bidermann for writing about his experience there. If you’re interested in the history of the Eastern Front, this book should definitely be on your to-read list. A truly invaluable source of information, especially if you’re doing research.
I appreciate Derek Zumbro's efforts in bringing this "soldier's story" to light.