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Frontsoldaten: The German Soldier in World War II Paperback – June 19, 1997
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Author Fritz genuinely wants to understand why the Landser fought so long and so hard, and against such overwhelming odds, for a government that committed such outrageous crimes against humanity. To do this he examines the correspondence of, and some of the memiors and fiction written by, the average Wehrmacht soldier (he excludes works written by veterans of the Waffen SS, because he feels they come from a different place ideologically than the guys in gray). In his examination, Fritz makes a number of assertions, observations and discoveries, some of which are extremely interesting, while others which come off as facile and opinionated.
On the plus side, Fritz does an excellent job of examining how Hitler's promise of a 'social revolution' which would produce a truly classless society by transferring the selfless, all-for-one values of the combat soldier (the 'frontsgemeinschaft') to the whole civilian population (creating the 'Volksgemeinschaft'), intensely motivated millions of young men. He does a fairly poor job of explaining why Germans had such intensely anti-class feelings (it is not generally knpwn that Germany has traditionally had intense class divisions and hatreds going back centuries....see Bailey's excellent work, 'Germans'); the two go hand in hand.Read more ›
Some of the quotes from the front are remarkably poignant and insightful, especially when one considers the conditions under which they were written and by young men besides. There are two reasons that I did not give this book 5 stars, they are: No photographs, even simple photographs to put faces with the voices in this book would have been incredibly powerful. The photo on the cover of the book is of an SS troop (you can see the edge of the emblem under the knife hilt), which Mr. Fritz claims is different than the average Landser. Two many quotes from the same people are recycled. Mr. Fritz uses some of the arguably better quotes 2 or 3 times in the text. With as many Landsers as were involved in the war, it seems that other voices could have been added to this text to make the points necessary. Guy Sajer is quoted many times, which is a shame since he already has a published voice, so many others do not.
This book also helps to understand how so many fell under the spell of Hitler, when viewed from below, so many of the policies of the Nazi's seem to make sense. Especially when the subjects are immersed in the reams of propaganda generated by the regime.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The author gives a very good account of the Nazi party and regime's contribution to the mental and spiritual (or emotional) development of the frontline German soldiers and the... Read morePublished 24 days ago by F. Reeves
Boring. Not the best written or informative book on the topic. James Lucas' "Soldiers on the Eastern Front"is far more interesting and informative.Published 7 months ago by Jay Bazzinotti
Absolutely worth reading. Probably a lot of facts for people from "allied countries".Published 8 months ago by Ulla och LR Brostroem
This book is simply "THE MUST READ" On the inner most thoughts of the German front line solider. Read morePublished 10 months ago by carl w. huffman