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Stephen G. Fritz. Frontsoldaten: The German Soldier in World War II. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, x + pp. $ (cloth), ISBN. In exploring the reality of the Landser, the average German soldier in World War II, through letters, diaries, memoirs, and oral histories, Stephen G. Fritz provides. Frontsoldaten: The German Soldier in World War II. Stephen G. Fritz, Author University Press of Kentucky $ (p) ISBN

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The reality is surely amazing enough. Perhaps this has more of an appeal to others, but I felt this work was sterile, dull and very repetitive. Jun 10, Joe rated it it was ok Shelves: Related articles in Google Scholar. The personal documents of these soldiers, most from the Russian front, where the majority of German infantrymen saw service, paint a richly textured portrait of the Landser that illustrates the complexity and paradox of his daily life.

“Frontsoldaten: The German Soldier in World War II” by Stephen G. Fritz

Access Type Online access to this book is restricted to egrman University of Kentucky community. This book also helps to understand how so many fell under the spell of Hitler, when viewed from below, so many of the policies of the Nazi’s seem to make sense. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.

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With as many Landsers as were involved in the war, it seems that other voices could have been added to this text to make the points necessary. There are two reasons that I did not give this book 5 stars, they are: Reading it made me very happy to be living in a relatively peaceful era far, far removed from the battlefield.

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products worl a warranty. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. You could not be signed in. With chapters on training, images of combat, living conditions, combat stress, the personal sensations of war, the bonds of comradeship, and ideology and motivation, Fritz offers a sense of immediacy and intimacy, revealing war through the eyes of these self-styled “little men.

Controversy or not, it is incredible that one source is employed so often. The western allies had nothing comparable to the pre-military training the Nazis employed – first, the Hitler Youth, then the labor force, let alone what appears to have been extremely effective ideological indoctrination.

The book is ok, he goes a lot into what the soldiers were thinking and what they thought, but it fails in my mind to connect those thoughts to thing the reader can grman or recognize. In case you didn’t get the idea, one of the chapters is titled after a Sajer quote. I love most war and especially ww2 material, but this was just so tedious.


Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Fritz provides the definitive account of the everyday war of the German front soldier. I believe that true heroism lies in bearing this dreadful everyday life. How the German soldier saw death, how they saw the people they were around, how they saw the horrors discovered and reexamined at the end of the war Return to Book Page. Mostly a select compilation of excerpts from other biographies.

Fascinating to see the similarities and differences between how you’d expect “normal” soldiers would react and how frontsodlaten soldiers, in the midst of large-scale soldie cleansing programs and riding high on propaganda of hate and intolerance, dealt with the war.

However it makes one thhe why so much fiction is needed?

Frontsoldaten: The German Soldier in World War II

Fritz didn’t research this book – he cribbed it from other sources, and terrible sources at that. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Get to Know Us.