A German soldier during World War II offers an inside look at the Nazi war machine, using his wartime diaries to describe how a ruthless psychopath motivated an entire generation of ordinary Germans to carry out his monstrous schemes.
©1992 Siegfried Knappe Charles T. Brusaw (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
I enjoyed the book but I am a WW2 History buff. The book is very dry and not much in the way of building a story. more information then anything else. It was what I expected. A German soldiers account of WW2
This was an interesting look at a soldier who made it through the entire war and Russian captivity - and came home.
I really enjoyed the description of life in Germany before, during and after the war. I found it fascinating that this man was in Hitlers bunker at the end, and his description of events is memorable.
This guys voice would bore you if he was reading Penthouse Forum. He is monotone and just plain bites.
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The utter patriotism of the soldier fighting for his country and his brothers in arms without the knowledge of the atrocities his government was committing makes for a very important read. The propaganda that kept the soldiers fighting to the bloody end shows the power of the media. This is a powerful read that goes along way to explain why millions of people followed Hitler.
I don't usually enjoy books about war, but this book kept me interested throughout. The author seems to be a very honest person, although I still find it incomprehensible he could not have at least heard rumors of the concentration camps. His book, however, is very enlightening, being the memories of a soldier deeply engulfed in the German military and a prisoner of war even longer held by the Soviets.
Soldat delivers the reader a rarely seen point of view of WW2. It is interesting to hear Knappe detail how nationalism brought him into his adult life as a professional soldier and officer in the Germany army before, during, and after the war. Of particular interest, despite being the part I wouldn't expect to enjoy, is his recollection of life post war.
The narration is the best I've heard on Audible and I wish the other books I've listened to so far could meet these standards.
Knappe's story is so compelling because he is authentic, he shares honestly the pain and emotions of war and its aftermath and goes into the day to day business of being a Wehrmacht artilleryman. His story benefits from a wide variety of experience, from Russia, to occupied Italy to France to the fall of Berlin.
Listen in car. No time to actually read.
Very detailed and compelling.
Description of the effect on the German people.
Retired Army, avid listener
One of the few books I have read from a German point of view so it was interesting. I think the 'soldier' was especially kind to his experience in hindsight. Obviously he was intelligent, awfully hard to believe he did not have a better understanding of what was really going on politically. If he is truthful, it should give pause to anyone on what a country is capable of when there is no free press to ask the hard questions and hold the political leaders accountable. Think about that the next time you see a politician being asked uncomfortable questions, irregardless of which side, politically, that you are on.
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The author wisely leads with the most exciting part of the story, his time in Hitler's bunker at the end of the war. Otherwise this book is quite tedious. Many chapters, that detail what the author had for lunch on a particular day in school, were very uninteresting. The ending, when he's in a Russian prisoner camp for 4 years, is also quite boring.
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