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Summary

The author could be described as a veteran in every sense of the word, even though he was only age 21 when the war ended. Armin Scheiderbauer served as an infantry officer with the 252nd Infantry Division, German army, and saw four years of bitter combat on the Eastern Front, being wounded six times.

This is an outstanding personal memoir, written with great thoughtfulness and honesty. Scheiderbauer joined his unit during the winter of 1941-42 and, during the following years, saw fierce combat in many of the largest battles on the Eastern Front. His experiences of the 1943-45 period are particularly noteworthy, including his recollections of the massive Soviet offensives of summer 1944 and January 1945. Participating in the bitter battles in East Prussia, he was captured by the Soviets and not released until 1947.

Adventures in My Youth is a unique memoir - the author originally wrote it only for his daughter. It has never been published in any language until now.

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A disjointed story.

It was a bit of a struggle to finish it as the storyline felt somewhat disjointed. There seemed to be a lot of editing going on here from the author. It did not feel like a warts and all revelation of the life of a soldier on the Eastern front. Rather it seemed like a very self censored and selectively sanitised recollection.

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very interesting listen but quite dry. <br /><br /><br />

interesting listen but it was very much facts and events based. Not much about how he felt about the war.

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  • Alek
  • 07-01-18

Heartfelt, vivid and sober story

An absolute pleasure, quite eloquently written and performed. Other biographies can learn much from this one.

Compelling story of a pious youth brought up by war. Starkly vivid view of the life in and around the frontline, from the perspective of a junior infantry officer. Subject of crimes was directly dwelled upon at great length, perhaps by the nature of very active frontline career. My impression is that the author was honest throughout, especially considering the fact that this manuscript was not intended to be published.

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  • Philip B. Mcmahon
  • 26-11-17

Fantastic

Best ww2 autobiography I’ve listened to. And I’ve read/listened to a lot! Very recommended.

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  • John
  • 04-01-18

A View of the German - Soviet Russia War

Detailed report of the experience of young German infantry officer fighting against the Russians and being a POW.

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  • BK
  • 26-03-18

A good telling of an oft repeated story

Axis memoirs of the Eastern Front all sound rather similar, the race into the USSR, a few years of stability, the long desperate retreat, the human tragedy of Soviet occupation, homecoming. Nevertheless, this memoir is well worth the retelling for those interested in WW2 history.

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  • James L. Adair
  • 06-03-18

Speed Reader <br />

This is a great book. Howver, the narrator talked so fast that sentences ran together and I had difficulty keeping up and understanding the storyline. It was very diffiicult to follow without serious concentration.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-02-18

The war in the East!

An excellent story from a German soldier serving on the Russian front. The accent of the narrator adds to the story.

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  • philippe jacob
  • 01-03-18

Story of an amnesic nazi soldier

It is always shocking to hear these German WWII soldiers, involved in the East of Europe where tens of million of people were murdered, mostly unarmed civilians, telling you their own story without mentioning any shameful or embarrassing memories. Not even a word about the extermination camps that these German soldiers were absolutely aware of. It is easy to say you did not know. Even in Nuremberg the big shots said they did not know and were not guilty. The most unbelievable part is that after being taken as a prisoner by the Soviet army, he complains about the quality of the food. It is a bit like someone came to your place raped and killed your children in front of you and then complains about how brutal the police was when they arrested him, and later complains about the food quality in jail.
However it is better than nothing to read this book, but it shows how the censure or self-censure was in post-war Germany, letting you wander about how many nazis were still running the place.

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  • Makk L.
  • 03-10-17

Unique view of the war

World wRitten two in the east is incredible and those who f ought there dealt with truly brutal conditions and combat. Not that it's different but the scale was clearly magnitudes bigger than any other war in human history. This book captures person story and story of t he eastern front.

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  • Art Guzman
  • 09-02-18

Is it over yet?

So bad I kept checking to see how many hours were left in the book. Let’s just say that I did not care to have read to me the contents of every officer’s manual word for word. You can get the same results from someone reading the telephone book to you. Disappointed is putting mildly. Returned the book.

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