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Adventures in My Youth

A German Soldier on the Eastern Front 1941-45
Narrated by: James A. Gillies
Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (236 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

The author could be described as a veteran in every sense of the word, even though he was only age 21 when the war ended. Armin Scheiderbauer served as an infantry officer with the 252nd Infantry Division, German army, and saw four years of bitter combat on the Eastern Front, being wounded six times.

This is an outstanding personal memoir, written with great thoughtfulness and honesty. Scheiderbauer joined his unit during the winter of 1941-42 and, during the following years, saw fierce combat in many of the largest battles on the Eastern Front. His experiences of the 1943-45 period are particularly noteworthy, including his recollections of the massive Soviet offensives of summer 1944 and January 1945. Participating in the bitter battles in East Prussia, he was captured by the Soviets and not released until 1947.

Adventures in My Youth is a unique memoir - the author originally wrote it only for his daughter. It has never been published in any language until now.

©2003 Helion and Company (P)2017 Tantor

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Heartfelt, vivid and sober story

An absolute pleasure, quite eloquently written and performed. Other biographies can learn much from this one.

Compelling story of a pious youth brought up by war. Starkly vivid view of the life in and around the frontline, from the perspective of a junior infantry officer. Subject of crimes was directly dwelled upon at great length, perhaps by the nature of very active frontline career. My impression is that the author was honest throughout, especially considering the fact that this manuscript was not intended to be published.

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Fantastic

Best ww2 autobiography I’ve listened to. And I’ve read/listened to a lot! Very recommended.

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An excellent accout of a young man's experience

A well written story with expertly done narration. There are some disturbing accounts towards the later part of the story.

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The Title Says It All

It was a pretty good read BUT you have to get past the first part of the book where author bloviating aboit himself ends. Great historical accounting and personal story of endurance.

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Different than other war time books ...

After reading a few WWII books, I can sincerely say that this is not a book on blood and gore. This story is more about the author’s overall war time experience from training to melee, injury to recuperation, and correspondence to loved ones back home. In that regard, the story can get quite tedious and repetitive at times. Yet, you still get to experience life in the Wehrmacht and its trials and tribulations through the war years.

It is remarkable that a young 17year old could live through a harrowing experience such as the brutal Eastern Front and yet survive to tell the story years later. Many friends mentioned within the book, including his brother, sadly do not make it to the end of the war. As with all German WWII books I have read, the horrors of the Nazi regime remain absent throughout the pages. Apart from the author’s father who falls foul of the religious edicts of the regime, there is very little else on the Nazi philosophy.

Still, I enjoyed the book. It is different than other WWII books I have read and still yields enormous information. Recommended for the history buff.

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Difficult to follow, but worth the struggle

I found the narrator to be difficult to understand at times due to his thick British accent. This made it difficult to follow many of the details involving German names and places. In spite of this, Mr. Scheiderbauer's account of a German soldier on the ostfront is fascinating. A rare viewpoint for anyone interested in WW2.

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Interesting

I was interested. I like the narrator. Good story, wasnt great. I never really could imagine the situations in my head, as I could from other books.

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another world war 2 classic

exploring the view of a german officer of Austrian descent durring ww2. life in the. POW camps and perspective of a defeated army bring a new light to the germans of WW2.

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  • BK
  • 03-26-18

A good telling of an oft repeated story

Axis memoirs of the Eastern Front all sound rather similar, the race into the USSR, a few years of stability, the long desperate retreat, the human tragedy of Soviet occupation, homecoming. Nevertheless, this memoir is well worth the retelling for those interested in WW2 history.

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Speed Reader <br />

This is a great book. Howver, the narrator talked so fast that sentences ran together and I had difficulty keeping up and understanding the storyline. It was very diffiicult to follow without serious concentration.

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  • phphoto
  • 12-09-17

A disjointed story.

It was a bit of a struggle to finish it as the storyline felt somewhat disjointed. There seemed to be a lot of editing going on here from the author. It did not feel like a warts and all revelation of the life of a soldier on the Eastern front. Rather it seemed like a very self censored and selectively sanitised recollection.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-16-18

very interesting listen but quite dry. <br /><br /><br />

interesting listen but it was very much facts and events based. Not much about how he felt about the war.

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  • James
  • 01-13-19

Fantastic

This book is not only fantastically written, but extremely well performed and was a pleasure to listen to.

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  • John Shoemark
  • 11-28-18

Interesting if at times dry read

As an autobiography this is a fascinating account of an individual officer's service in the German army on the Eastern Front.
Although at times, particularly in the first half of the book, the author regurgitates some dry stats and large quotes from other books, his account of the last year of the war is particularly interesting.
Worth pushing past the dry bits.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-06-18

Interesting story

needs to translate German passages to English. part of what is good is lost because of confusion.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-08-18

crap

what long boring load of hog wash .made me want to fall asleep it gave me depression

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