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Soldat: Reflections of a German Soldier, 1936-1949 | [Siegfried Knappe, Ted Brusaw]

Soldat: Reflections of a German Soldier, 1936-1949

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Arn M. 09-14-14
    Arn M. 09-14-14

    Geopolitics, history, and philosophy junkie. I love smoothly flowing prose that moves me effortlessly from one idea to the next.

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    "A dry and clinical recount of history"
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    In typical German fashion, the story unfolds in a very clinical and sterile way like a battlefield report. I did appreciate some of the details, especially the last days in Berlin at Hitler's bunker, but overall I felt myself wanting for some feeling or philosophical enlightenment on the war itself.I felt there was more to the story despite the author's best attempts to downplay his knowledge (and perhaps culpability) of Nazi atrocities. It's hard for me to rationalize such ignorance considering he was an officer in the general staff.

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    Bailey EL LAGO, TX, United States 08-31-14
    Bailey EL LAGO, TX, United States 08-31-14 Member Since 2011

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    "a soldier's diary"

    Certainly one of the best books on WWII that I've read. It's much more a soldier's diary than "a shocking look inside Hitler's war machine", although there is inevitably some of that. It follows Knappe from the end of high school through the army's battles - Poland, France, Italy, USSR, the final days in Hitler's bunker and Berlin, and his capture and imprisonment by the Soviets for the 4 years following the war. Along the way we glimpse the European countryside and German gentile culture, family life, love and marriage, as well as disillusionment and disbelief at the tragedy and horrors inflicted both by, and on, Germany.

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    Jason WESTMINSTER, CO, United States 05-06-14
    Jason WESTMINSTER, CO, United States 05-06-14
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    "A bit Dry"
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    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

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    John Hawthorne, CA 90250 04-05-14
    John Hawthorne, CA 90250 04-05-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Outstanding Book"
    What made the experience of listening to Soldat the most enjoyable?

    This was an interesting look at a soldier who made it through the entire war and Russian captivity - and came home.


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    jon Meridian, ID, United States 03-29-14
    jon Meridian, ID, United States 03-29-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Great facts, bad narrator"
    What did you like best about Soldat? What did you like least?

    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.


    What didn’t you like about John Wray’s performance?

    This guys voice would bore you if he was reading Penthouse Forum. He is monotone and just plain bites.


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    Sam Motes Tampa 03-16-14
    Sam Motes Tampa 03-16-14 Listener Since 2009

    Audible obsessed lifelong learner.

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    "Explains support of Hitler"

    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.

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    wobbly WNC USA 03-03-14
    wobbly WNC USA 03-03-14 Member Since 2011
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    "For me, a surprisingly interesting book"

    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.

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    James MT PLEASANT, SC, United States 02-25-14
    James MT PLEASANT, SC, United States 02-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    "An interesting look into a rarely seen PoV"

    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.

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    MeeksV Hillsborough, CA, United States 02-21-14
    MeeksV Hillsborough, CA, United States 02-21-14

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    "Authentic, crisp, excellent"
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    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.

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    Freddy Bastiat Clearwater, FL United States 02-19-14
    Freddy Bastiat Clearwater, FL United States 02-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Surprisingly good!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Soldat to be better than the print version?

    Listen in car. No time to actually read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very detailed and compelling.


    Have you listened to any of John Wray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Description of the effect on the German people.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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