• We Will Not Go to Tuapse

  • From the Donets to the Oder with the Legion Wallonie and 5th SS Volunteer Assault Brigade ‘Wallonien’ 1942-45
  • By: Fernand Kaisergruber
  • Narrated by: Paul Woodson
  • Length: 18 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 03-20-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Until recent years, very little was known of the tens of thousands of foreign nationals from Norway, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, France, and Spain who served voluntarily in the military formations of the German army and the German Waffen-SS. In Kaisergruber's book, the listener discovers important issues of collaboration, the apparent contributions of the volunteers to the German war effort, their varied experiences, their motives, the attitude of the German High Command and bureaucracy, and the reaction to these in the occupied countries. 

The combat experiences of the Walloons echoed those of the very best volunteer units of the Waffen-SS, although they shared equally in the collapse of the Third Reich in May 1945. Although unapologetic for his service, Kaisergruber makes no special claims for the German cause and writes not from any postwar apologia and dogma but instead from his firsthand observations as a young man experiencing war for the first time, extending far beyond what had been imaginable at the time. His observations of fellow soldiers, commanders, Russian civilians, and the battlefields prove poignant and telling.

©2016 Fernand Kaisergruber (P)2018 Tantor

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Why did it end at Cherkassy?

It was a great audiobook, but why did it end at Cherkassy? I wanted to hear the story until the end. I guess that I will have to buy the book

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  • John Chard
  • 06-13-18

A warning from history

‘We will not go to Taupse....’ was a captivating and intriguing account of one Wallonien SS volunteers experiences during the Second World War. Along the lines of many other similar ww2 German accounts, one could be almost duped into the soldierly “we were only following orders” line of thinking. If it weren’t for the fact that I caught a documentary featuring the author one evening. Piecing together his testimony, his more recent comments on television, and other historical knowledge - it’s easy to see that Kaisergruber is an unrepentant product of his time, loyal to his comrades and certainly the ideals they shared.

Attracted to the German army with the vigour of a young 1940s adolescent, Kaisergruber epitomised many of his generation who were duped by Nazi propaganda into a ‘rather the hammer than the anvil’ scenario. Choosing to be the last bastions against the scourge of Bolshevism and “international Jewery”. To this end, his book gives you an insight into the perspective of many foreign volunteers who made up the ranks of the German forces during the Second World War, certainly in greater numbers than their home countries would later wish to admit to.
It must however be remembered that the truth lays not always in what is said, but what is omitted, and Kaisergrubers account at the end of the war, and certainly post war does remain a little sketchy - or over embellished. To that end, I would recommend the listener seek further research into how POW’s were treated, and especially Waffen SS POWs, before taking Kaisergruber’s account as gospel fact, rather than a biased perspective of someone on the receiving end of a long term of imprisonment.