Stephen G. Fritz. Frontsoldaten: The German Soldier in World War II. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, x + pp. $ (cloth), ISBN. In exploring the reality of the Landser, the average German soldier in World War II, through letters, diaries, memoirs, and oral histories, Stephen G. Fritz provides. Frontsoldaten: The German Soldier in World War II. Stephen G. Fritz, Author University Press of Kentucky $ (p) ISBN

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There is no mention of the controversy that has been raised over the authenticity of Sajer’s book. Maybe those who have never read Forgotten Soldier by Sajer would have found it better? AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. The strength of “Frontsoldaten” is in the excerpts from various collections of the letters of German soldiers. When the war was finally over, and his country lay in ruins, the Landser faced a bitter truth: All were written by German soldiers, so obviously have an insight, in fact one of my favorites, “The Cross of Iron” by Willi Heinrich is referenced half a dozen times in a short stretch.

Write a customer review. A grim joke and not worth the paper it’s printed on.

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The author breaks the most elementary rules of scholarly writing in this volume by quoting the same references several times in a row – something even an undergraduate would know to avoid. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The intensity of emotions expressed by these men is heart wrenching.


The personal documents of these soldiers, most from the Russian front, where the majority of German infantrymen saw service, paint a richly textured portrait of the Landser that illustrates the complexity and paradox of his daily life. American Historical Association members Sign in via society li. Should prove enlightening to students of German as well as military history.

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What I found more interesting were: Uses letters, quotes, and narratives written by soldiers to get a “uncut” view into how they thought. Falters a bit in its presentation, though. Top Reviews Most recent Top 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 incredible degree of ii cohesion that characterized the Wehrmacht.

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This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Helps explain why the German army was so relentlessly efficient in battle.

Perhaps this has more of an appeal to others, but I felt this work was sterile, dull and very repetitive. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

Alois Dwenger, writing from the front in May ofcomplained that people forgot “the actions of simple soldiers This book also helps to understand how so many fdontsoldaten under the spell of Hitler, when viewed from below, so many of the policies of the Nazi’s seem to make sense. This book is terrible without the benefit at least of being interesting while being terrible. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.


Garrett Olinde rated it really liked it Mar 01, Dec 09, Ken rated it it was amazing. The book does not cover in any detail the professional German military’s contribution – military training and tactics, nor does it discuss in detail actual combat at any level above the individual frontspldaten small unit levels.

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I believe that true heroism lies in bearing this dreadful everyday life. Dec 08, Jon Harris rated it really liked it Shelves: Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. In summary, I liked most of the book and would recommend it, but only to those interested in trying to understand what motivated the Landser of WWII.

FritzEast Tennessee State University. Two many quotes from the same people are recycled. This book is not “scholarly” as some claim, as scholarship soldifr insists on multiple documentary sources, and a modicum of primary research. Please try again later. The average German soldier was much more prejudiced, hateful and knowing of many of the wrongs that were happening than I had previously believed.

Want to Read saving…. Share your thoughts with other customers. Very informative and I learned some things I didn’t know already. Email alerts New issue alert. Sign in via your Institution Sign in.