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Summary

Gunter Koschorrek wrote his illicit diary on any scraps of paper he could lay his hands on. As keeping a diary was strictly forbidden, he sewed the pages into the lining of his thick winter coat and deposited them with his mother on infrequent trips home on leave. The diary went missing, and it was when he was reunited with his daughter in America some 40 years later that it came to light and became Blood Red Snow.

The author was a keen recruit at initial training, and his excitement at the first encounter with the enemy in the Russian Steppe is obvious. The horror and confusion of fighting in the streets of Stalingrad are brought to life by his descriptions of the others in his unit; their differing manners and techniques for dealing with the squalor and death. He is also posted to Romania and Italy, assignments he remembers fondly compared to his time on the Eastern Front.

This book stands as a memorial to the huge numbers on both sides who did not survive and is, over five decades later, the fulfillment of a responsibility he feels to honor the memory of those who perished. Gunter K. Koschorrek was a machine-gunner on the Russian front in WWII. He lives in Germany, having retired from his job as managing director of a sales company.

©2002 Greenhill Books (P)2018 Tantor

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very good book

i liked this book it's a good story ,glosses over atrocities and keeps talking about kalashnikov's which didn't exsist until after ww2 but other than that you get the idea it's mainly true .

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If you like the Eastern front then you’ll like this book

This book is the story of a teenage recruit on the eastern front in ww2. Its not the best memoir I have read or listened to the story is told in diary form, one thing I did find different in this book is the soilder telling the story is in constant retreat, the story starts from the Don steppe during the assault on Stalingrad and its basically the soilders diary entry’s of the reteat back to German. The story is told well but is quite dry and boring at times for a book about the eastern front. I suppose the truth is sometimes boring compared to other books I have read that I seriously doubt there authenticity. All in all a part of history not wrote about enough

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Honest view of the brutality of the Eastern front

Have to say this is very engagjng memoir both through the context of the narrative and the performancs of the narrator a must listen for anyone interested in ww2 eastern front from german perspective or ww2 memoirs in general

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Excellent.

Superb first hand account, is up there with Guy Sajers The Forgotten Soldier. Epic all round.

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A compelling account of combat in the east

A personal and brutal account of war on the eastern front. At times both touching and barbaric, yet throughout maintains a sense of compassion.
By the end you realise the enormous amount of good fortune any veteran has received just to have survived.

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  • 04-08-18

Great Book

Liked the story from a grunts point of view on the Eastern Front. Narrator was good except the English accent. Thought a German accent would have been more realistic but maybe too hard to understand?

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  • 25-08-18

Mediocre personal account

This is only mediocre personal account of WW2 compared to other books, poorly and dull written.
But I wanted to thank the narrator for really ruining this book with his reading style. He narrates it with his english accent like it's a children or a love story book, not a WAR book. Horrible reading.

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  • Adirondacker
  • 08-01-19

British<br />accent

The narrator's accent is quite foreign to the story . Quite distracting. This book is amazingly similar to another read recently. Same subject matter, author has same job, March through the same territory to the same destination. Many Wermacht ranks and terms are not clear. I may not finish this one

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  • ThomasK
  • 06-01-19

Great book marred by reading

Content is interesting, providing the amount of a lot ranking German solider. I am less impressed by the British reader and the accent. It just isn't how i imagine the author, a German, would sound.

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  • David
  • 23-10-18

Exceptional

The very best of that kind of story.

It seems that I can never get enough understanding of why Germany started that war.

This writing gets into the head of a common soldier. Constantly fighting for the Fatherland without missing a beat.

Fighting against odds and conditions in Russia.
Just a common man with simple logic and not a die heart.

Never a dull moment and a very easy read.

I would rate it as the best. Yet I have read hundreds of these. Yet, there is so little written about Russian campaigne. Somehow, in this book you can feel how proud the Gremans can feel and just kept fighting on and on

I sort of resent, all these Germans saying we Americans were pussies.
My Uncle, flew in gliders, felt the German were well trained but brainless and very dependent on their officers. He felt the American GI's could think for themselves.

I like, Simon's viewpoint. I personally never liked the military and ended up being a medic. Saying, Sir, stuck in my throat. I guess that's why I so enjoyed giving General Mark Clark an enema.

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