In Deadly Combat

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

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In the hell that was World War II, the Eastern Front was its heart of fire and ice. Gottlob Bidermann served in that lethal theatre from 1941 to 1945, and his memoir of those years vividly recaptures his gruelling experiences with an army marching on the road to ruin. A reflecting account by one of the millions of anonymous soldiers who fought and died in that cruel terrain, "In Deadly Combat" conveys the brutality and horrors of the Eastern Front in detail. Wounded five times and awarded numerous decorations for valour, Bidermann saw action in the Crimea and siege of Sevastopol, participated in the vicious battles in the forests south of Leningrad, and ended the war trapped in the Courland pocket. 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. Translator Derek Zumbro has rendered Bidermann's memoir into a compelling narrative that retains the author's powerful style.This English-language edition of Bidermann's story is based upon a privately published memoir entitled "Krim-Kurland Mit Der 132 Infanterie Division". Zumbro has also added important events derived from numerous interviews with Bidermann to provide additional context for American more

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  • Paperback | 344 pages
  • 150 x 234 x 30mm | 621.42g
  • University Press of Kansas
  • Kansas, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0700611223
  • 9780700611225
  • 84,145

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-Since 1945, the front-line realities of Germany's Russian war have been submerged under so much myth that a book like this represents a welcome reality check. The 132nd's story, and Bidermann's, are part of the 'master narrative' of a 'demodernizing' Wehrmacht, whose men held against unbelievable odds and in the end were sacrificed to one of history's most purely evil causes. It is a story worth making available to American readers.---Dennis Showalter, author of Tannenberg: Clash of Empires -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 and When Titans Clashedshow more

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