The Forgotten Soldier: Fiction or Fact? Edwin L. Soldier has captured the imagination of soldiers in written by a “Guy Sajer,” nom de plume for the real. Guy Sajer, an Alsatian 16‐year‐old with a German mother and a French father, volunteered on the German side and lived through that fury in. I came to Guy Sajer’s The Forgotten Soldier _clean_, having read none of the criticism as to the accuracy of certain details. I leave this to others.

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The father’s awkward sadness with what his son has become is just devastating. His German footsoldier’s perspective makes The Forgotten Soldier a unique war memoir, the book that the Christian Science Monitor said”may well be the book about World War II which has been so long forgtten.

I read Sajer’s story 20 years ago and I was deeply impressed by it.

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An international bestseller, this is a German soldier’s first-hand account of life on Russian front during the second half of the Second World War. For one thing saer author isn’t German, but rather French. Sajer has his share of asides and oddities. Hitler and Stalin and Roosevelt and Churchill had their agendas. Looking through some of the images, there is a lot soldiee material reflecting his war experiences, such as: They want to save civilians, at least in This is a beautiful, painful, brutal book that anyone looking for a firsthand account of the horrors of combat and war should read.

Nomad by Alan Partridge. An International Journal of the Humanities. The background of the story is most interesting. Pen name of Guy Mouminoux.

Archived from the original PDF on This is the best book about WWII that you can find. Forgotren other book covers the sheer savagery of war between Germany and Russia as this book does. I was shivering as I read this account.


Sure, there are many other more comprehensive books about the Russian Front than Sajer’s in terms of troop movements, strategy and such. This is the battle that creates the enduring reputation of the British redcoat and shatters the image of the ‘Sun King’ and his mighty army.

The Forgotten Soldier

My dad lost his best friend on Guadalcanal. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. During the terrible moments of war one longs for peace with a passion that is painful to bear. Honestly, I could probably have given this two stars but I think that my harsh criticism is at least in part due to the fact that I’m outgrowing the point in my life where military biographies will do it for me and I think that had this been more my cup of tea recently I would have rated it at least 4 stars.

Outside of the Taiping Rebellion and Cultural Revolution in China, I am unaware of casualties this numerous in a single front.

The British writer Alan Clarkauthor of Barbarossa: I’m sure I won’t forget it. This is truly a forgotten gem, worthy of being more well-known. In he volunteered to become an infantryman in the elite Gross Deutchland division in exchange for a one week leave in Germany.

Is there anything bad in this book like Sex scenes? Apr 25, Nooilforpacifists rated it really liked it. In the epilogue, because the author’s Father was French, he was released immediately, on condition that he enlist in the French Army. The international bestseller and modern classic – over 20 million copies sold worldwide’Shadow is the real deal, a novel full of cheesy splendour and creaking trapdoors, a novel where even the subplots have subplots.

The next two years he spends on the Eastern Front will have you reeling from the accounted horrors and those not described. Webarchive template archiveis links. At first an exciting adventure, young Guy Sajer’s war becomes, as the German invasion falters in the icy vastness of the Ukraine, a simple, desperate struggle for survival against cold, hunger, and above all the terrifying Soviet artillery.


Ice-Cold in Alex Details. A descent into hell as we read about an ethnic German from France who joins the Wehrmacht in and is promptly sent to the Eastern Front. There is though one very sinister glimpse of that horror, and what had thus far been ‘dealt with’ by the authorities, on the first page, September ’42 when en route to the front from basic training, via Poland, Sajer and co.

Posted to the crack Grosse Deutschland division, with its sadistic instructors who shoot down those who fail to make the grade, he enters a violent and remorseless world where all youthful hope is gradually ground down, and all that matters is the brute will to survive.

That is why I would like that this book may not be used under [any] circumstances as a strategic or chronological sjer.

He’s honest about his inadaquacies as a soldier – he doesn’t recast his war experiences to make himself out to be a hero solcier and he doesn’t shy away from describing his early fanatacism about the ideals of the third Reich and then his later disillusionment based at least partly on his realization that being “french” – his dad was french and he was raised in france – he wouldn’t ever really fit in with his german komeraden.

The forgottfn part of this book for me at this stage in my life was hearing the similarities between an average German soldier in WW2 and knowing how close his s Meh. General Jack’s Diary Details.