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In Deadly Combat Audiobook

In Deadly Combat: A German Soldier's Memoir of the Eastern Front

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Publisher's Summary

Wounded five times and awarded numerous decorations for valor, Gottlob Herbert Bidermann saw action in the Crimea and siege of Sebastopol, participated in the vicious battles in the forests south of Leningrad, and ended the war in the Courland Pocket.

In his memoir, he shares his impressions of countless Russian POWs seen at the outset of his service, of peasants struggling to survive the hostilities while caught between two ruthless antagonists, and of corpses littering the landscape. He recalls a Christmas gift of gingerbread from home that overcame the stench of battle, an Easter celebrated with a basket of Russian hand grenades for eggs, and his miraculous survival of machine gun fire at close range. In closing, he relives the humiliation of surrender to an enemy whom the Germans had once derided and offers a sobering glimpse into life in the Soviet gulags. Bidermann's account debunks the myth of a highly mechanized German army that rolled over weaker opponents with impunity.

Despite the vast expanses of territory captured by the Germans during the early months of Operation Barbarossa, the war with Russia remained tenuous and unforgiving. His story commits that living hell to the annals of World War II and broadens our understanding of its most deadly combat zone.

©2000 The University Press of Kansas (P)2017 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Mark SOUTHAMPTON, United Kingdom 16/06/2017
    Mark SOUTHAMPTON, United Kingdom 16/06/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "simply a superb listen..."

    I really enjoyed this audiobook. I dont remember a dull section. Its great if you enjoy history.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    phphoto 31/05/2017
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    "A balanced and well written piece."

    A well deserved five stars given. An amazing story from the "other" side of the terrible conflict. Good narrator, interesting voice and delivered in measured even tone.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    qwerty 05/12/2017
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    "Quantity has a quality all it's own"

    Well read. Factual as far as is possible to know. Good listen but hard to feel too sorry for German POW's considering the mess they made of the world and its population. Good insight into low level attitudes from junior leaders perspective.

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    TJA 18/11/2017
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    "Excellent apart from some narration "

    Excellent book and to be fair on the most part well read apart from mispronunciation of place names. You would of thought if you were a professional narrator you would do your homework but obviously I expect too much. As ever nice to hear from the German soldiers angle

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    M. Sauka Riga, Latvia 30/10/2017
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    Author is too detailed on minor facts, but lacks details where it felt that they are needed. Good read, but in many places was boring

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  • Anonymous
    03/10/17
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    "War in the east is barely covered like ut is here"

    Really great story of just how difficult and important the war in the east is. Great book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Kyle Foster
    01/12/17
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    "don't hesitate"

    this book was amazing, from the beginning of the war all the way to the gulags at the end of the Germans Odyssey through World War II. this book offers you a chance to see through the eyes of a common German Soldier and not the extremist regime of Adolf Hitler as most historic references portray. this book gives you the opportunity to see Humanity as equals, controlled by extremist groups and Idol ology

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Derail
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    17/09/17
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    "Unique Unknown History"

    A "deep in the weeds", yet very personal and interesting story of unbelievably torturous life on the Eastern front. Much like reading about Would help to better describe the geography of the campaigns. Also, due to repeated use of different German military units and specific German military ranks, there needs to be a repeated description, or cross reference, during the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • philippe jacob
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    01/06/17
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    "Hearing the WWII story from a German soldier is great"

    After reading many books by former German soldiers, and trying to understand how they could continue fighting a lost war still is impenetrable to me.
    We should really be aware that our human mind is self destructive if brought under some conditions, and that killing other humans in high quantity seems to become accepted by us as, paradoxically a way to survive.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Bookworm
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    "Not as engaging as others"

    While the story is fine, the author spends too much time recounting broader historical overviews of operations rather than sticking to his personal experiences. There are better options of the genre that are more engaging, such as Tigers in the mud and Fur Volk Fuhre.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    10/12/17
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    "A very moving memoir..."

    This book gave me a dark, in depth look at the realities of the eastern fronts brutality. The memoir does a great job of showing the human element of that brutal war. I will listen to the well read narration again in the future I'm sure!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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