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Blood Red Snow

The Memoirs of a German Soldier on the Eastern Front
Narrated by: Nigel Patterson
Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
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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.

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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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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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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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  • Aston Abbotts
  • 06-05-19

Excellent

For anyone with an interest in WWII and the soldier’s experiences of fighting on the Eastern Front, this is an absolute must. It ranks as highly as that of Guy Sajer’s personal account. Utterly compelling, I listened to it over 2 days. The narrator is excellent, and avoids the common error in many audio books of trying, and failing miserably, to give each character an individual and inappropriate voice which spoils so many other otherwise excellent listens. Superb.

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Superb

A gripping account of the horrors of the Eastern Front, written by an ordinary German soldier.

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Great story

Great story really takes you to the front. However the English accent of the narrator irritated me. The book would have been better narrated by someone German/Scandinavian accent to give it more authenticity.

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Brilliant, an excellent read that gives a fresh

Perspective on a German soldier on fought on the Eastern front. Highly recommend listening to it

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Great Book

My first audio book, was a great listen. Detail was excellent as were the story lines. A horrific campaign for both sides.

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fantastic read

what a fantastic story. So nice to hear the account from the other side. Lest We Forget

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Very good listen

A daunting story. I enjoyed this a lot. Highly recommended for any WW2 history fans.

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  • fill
  • 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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  • S. H. Moore
  • 31-05-19

Simply one of the best.

Whether you are looking for a German WW2 story. WW2 in general, or just a first hand accounting of war in general, Blood Red Snow is a vivid real telling of some of the ugliest most brutal combat in modern history. Splendid telling of a terrible experience. 5 stars.

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  • Tefft Smith
  • 29-05-19

War is hell!!

A well written, riveting account of the horrors of ground combat and the understandably dehumanizing emotions it engenders in those misfortuned to experience it. Fascinating to experience it vicariously and from a German soldier’s experience, giving me all the more gratitude that I personally was spared the misfortune. Also, it made all the more understandable how the Nazi regime manipulated so many young men and women, thrusting them into the caldron of the total terror of “kill or be killed, brutally.”

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  • Joseph
  • 13-06-19

Russian Front

Its good to hear the other side of the story. Good narration, (few mispronounced words), but overall great story, interesting

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  • Mathew
  • 12-05-19

Humanizing the average German soldier

In today's interpretation of history Germany is a nation that must bare the guilt of some murderous mad man who assumed power through means of sedition and went on to try and take over the world. We're sort of encouraged to look at the German citizenry of the time to be in favor of genocide, and imperialism, This book puts a plethora of human faces on the people we've been told were "the bad guys". It shows they were normal people who were turned into the cudgel of the actual bad guys. The author does describe meeting people who bore our archetypal image of a German soldier who is barbarous, but he describes meeting a lot of people who were just normal people dragged into a terrible war. He wasn't in the SS so maybe that's why he wasn't engaging in barbarous acts, but I did feel compassion for the author and his comrades on the front lines.

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  • Joel pearson
  • 07-10-19

nice!<br />

I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook. I love first hand accounts different places in the war and this was right up my alley.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-10-19

Retun it

I found it quite slow and boring I like a little more action in my WW2 stories hopefully I can return it or exchange it for something better

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  • Ethan Capron
  • 09-09-19

Brutal, visarel, amazing

An amazing story of a very brave, very lucky man. Narrator should have had a German accent, not British.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-08-19

this is amazing

this was amazing, if you like eastern front ww2 stuff then you will literally binge read this. I felt like I was there with him about to die the whole way back to Germany, and honestly changed my view on German soldiers

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  • fred
  • 08-08-19

Reader's accent

I could not listen to the narration . . . wrong accent for a German soldier?