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Soldat: Reflections of a German Soldier, 1936-1949

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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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    Jennifer San Francisco, CA, United States 02-04-14
    Jennifer San Francisco, CA, United States 02-04-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Thoughtful voice and perspective"

    Well constructed story line, moving forward and backward in time, that tells of a young man coming of age within the German army during WWII. The author is not the common soldier, but one of education and social skills who rises both due to his merits and the war itself. The daily life and honor of the professional military is the focus, giving clear differentiation between being a soldier in the German army and a member of the Nazi Party. Excellent perspective to add for anyone interested in WWII history.

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    Grant 05-12-17
    Grant 05-12-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Fascinating!"

    Told in a very dry, factual style, but I found it incredibly fascinating. If you want to understand the path that leads the German people on such a disastrous course then this book is a must read.

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    Fernando de Nazaré Ferreira Júnior United States 02-16-17
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    "Soldat"

    Fantastic narrative about war, I loved the book, if you like study or only know about the Second World War don't loose.

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    Ali 02-11-17
    Ali 02-11-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Could not put it down. Narrator was great"

    I hesitated buying it because of the critical reviews saying the narrator was terrible. But I liked the sample, and so I bought anyway. I find the narrator is perfect for this book. If you enjoy the sample, I think you'll enjoy the rest of the book even more.

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    A. Persons Norfolk, CT United States 03-04-16
    A. Persons Norfolk, CT United States 03-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing history"

    I thought this book had amazing historical significance, as a first person narrative of someone who was right at the center of the last days of the Third Reich. As someone who reads a lot of books on WWII I always look for alternative perspectives, especially when it pertains to the Eastern Front. I did question the author's honesty about not knowing anything of Hitler's final solution. I think for most people it seems inconceivable that a plan to exterminate an entire race of people, a plan that was partially carried out on such a horrific and massive scale, could not be known by those higher up in the military. We may never know the truth.

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    Dr.M.J.Walsh 02-29-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Good factual history"

    Similar to Hans Von Luck's Panzer Commander. Knappe gives his history in a different style and from a different perspective.

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    Matt 02-07-16
    Matt 02-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fine story, much detail."

    Very nice story. So interesting to hear from the German side of WWII. The details Siegfried gives you are incredible, from the uniforms, terrain and emotions of his combat experience.

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    Chrobry 08-15-15
    Chrobry 08-15-15 Member Since 2017
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    "if you care at all about ww2 you must listen!"

    people tend to dehumanize German soldiers in ww2, however most were not evil they were not Nazis, they were human. yes we can ask ourselves why did they follow Hitler's orders, but are we really that different today?
    sodat is a story from the other side, and it is best I have ever heard.

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    Dustin Palmer 08-05-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Wunderbar!"
    What did you love best about Soldat?

    It is great to get a German soldiers perspective of the war. It is easy to demonize the German military during WWII, but in the end, soldiers are soldiers who take commands and execute them. I often wondered if the soldiers ended up taking on the perspectives of their Nazi leaders. Some did, but what this book confirmed was that war is ugly and evil, but it brings out both the good and the bad. Herr Knappe perspective helped paint a better picture.


    What other book might you compare Soldat to and why?

    I don't have a frame of reference for this book, but I'm hoping in the future I do. I'm looking into books from the Japanese soldier's perspective of WWII.


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

    I have not listened to any of John Wray's other performances, but I loved his performance here. Never got boring and his accents were great!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Not all of us agree with evil.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was well worth my time.

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    Michael L. Keefe Washington DC 01-15-15
    Michael L. Keefe Washington DC 01-15-15 Member Since 2013

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    Great story- 6 stars. Narrator was flat as as the sheets from which he read. It's almost as though he deliberately avoided any inflection so as not to lead anyone to believe he had any sympathy for the author and his story. Oh well. Rare to find axis memoirs on audio- recommend.

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