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#7190232 - 12/16/12 09:50 AM Book "Sniper on the Eastern Front"
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I've met a couple of people who endured the Eastern Front. I wish I had had this book before I met them. It is a really grim recollection of that arena.

If you have any interest in WWII history it is a worthwhile read.
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#7190519 - 12/16/12 11:05 AM Re: Book "Sniper on the Eastern Front" [Re: g5m]
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Who is the author, publisher and date?
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#7196312 - 12/17/12 05:17 PM Re: Book "Sniper on the Eastern Front" [Re: Savage_99]
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Here's a link. I bought it, IIRC, at Costco for $20 or so. I've already passed it on to a friend who has passed it on.

http://www.amazon.com/Sniper-Eastern-Front-Memoirs-Allerberger/dp/1844153177
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#7196549 - 12/17/12 05:57 PM Re: Book "Sniper on the Eastern Front" [Re: g5m]
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Thank you for identifying the author.

I don't admire the exploits of the Nazi.

They not only started the war but they murdered millions of innocent children and others.

On top of that they were so incompetent that they lost the war and got their country occupied by their enemy for 60 years!

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#7198884 - 12/18/12 10:15 AM Re: Book "Sniper on the Eastern Front" [Re: Savage_99]
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the Germans werent incompitant, Hitler thinking he was a great military leader and ignoring his real great military leaders is what caused them to loose....WWII could have easily gone another way, remember its not Germany that invaded Poland, Germany AND Russia both invaded and divided it up....Europe would look very different today if he would have stuck to its nonaggression pact with Russia let alone some of the other mistakes he made even after he invaded Russia......


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#7203864 - 12/19/12 01:24 PM Re: Book "Sniper on the Eastern Front" [Re: rattler]
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Originally Posted By: rattler
the Germans werent incompitant, Hitler thinking he was a great military leader and ignoring his real great military leaders is what caused them to loose....WWII could have easily gone another way, remember its not Germany that invaded Poland, Germany AND Russia both invaded and divided it up....Europe would look very different today if he would have stuck to its nonaggression pact with Russia let alone some of the other mistakes he made even after he invaded Russia......

Yep, plus his very disciplined and professional army from top to bottom.

Its always a chilling thought to me that all of the effort it took for the western Allies to do what they did (USA, England, Canada, Aussies, New Zealand, Indian troops and a whole bunch of others combined ) interminably slogging up the boot of Italy for most of the war, the invasion of France, the broad front up and down France, Belgium and the Netherlands all of that was to defeat approximately one third of the Wehrmacht.

One third. With one third of their total war material fuel, food, ammunition, tanks, planes, artillery the Germans held off the combined might of the Allies for as long as they did. The other two thirds were occupied fighting the Russians.

Can you imagine how much tougher Fortress Europe would have been to crack had we faced the entire German Army and all of their equipment?
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#7205097 - 12/19/12 06:26 PM Re: Book "Sniper on the Eastern Front" [Re: Jim in Idaho]
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I don't admire the exploits of the Nazi.

They not only started the war but they murdered millions of innocent children and others.

On top of that they were so incompetent that they lost the war and got their country occupied by their enemy for 60 years!
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#7205857 - 12/19/12 09:54 PM Re: Book "Sniper on the Eastern Front" [Re: Savage_99]
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Originally Posted By: Savage_99
I don't admire the exploits of the Nazi.

They not only started the war but they murdered millions of innocent children and others.

On top of that they were so incompetent that they lost the war and got their country occupied by their enemy for 60 years!
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"Wehrmacht" cowards killing woman and children.





kinda like our fire bombing whole cities......war is hell....

yeah they did nasty chit but their grasp of technology was unreal.....had they had a guy like Henry Ford to instill ease of production into their heads instead of "complicated precision"(see the suspension system of the Panther and Tiger tanks) and they would have stopped both us and the Russians in our tracks.....even at the closing of the war none of the Allies had a gun to stack up against the 88mm be it in AA or Tank form, only reason we beat it is we were willing and able to sacrifice 8 to 12 Shermans or Russian tanks per Tiger or Panther taken out....
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#7208107 - 12/20/12 12:45 PM Re: Book "Sniper on the Eastern Front" [Re: rattler]
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Read a book about a soldiers time on the Eastern front, The Forgotten Soldier. It was okay but monotonous and redundant. I dont mean to trivialize the experience at all but the book could be outlined thusly:

Its really hot and dusty.
There sure are a lot of Russians.
We mow them down by the thousand and another thousand show up.
They have a lot of artillery.

Its really cold here.
There sure are a lot of Russians.
We mow them down by the thousand and another thousand show up.
They have a lot of artillery.

Its really, really cold here .
Were all freezing our asses off.
There sure are a whole lot of Russians.
We mow them down by the thousand and another thousand show up.
They have a whole lot of artillery.

Its really hot and dusty.
Were all really hungry.
There sure are a sh*tload of Russians.
We mow them down by the thousand and another thousand show up.
They have a whole lot of artillery.

Its really, really f***ing cold!
Were all freezing our asses off.
Were really hungry.
There sure are a hell of a lot of Russians.
We mow them down by the thousand and another thousand show up.
They sure have a hell of a lot of artillery.

And so on for several hundred pages.
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#7210145 - 12/20/12 08:04 PM Re: Book "Sniper on the Eastern Front" [Re: Savage_99]
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Originally Posted By: Savage_99
Thank you for identifying the author.

I don't admire the exploits of the Nazi.

They not only started the war but they murdered millions of innocent children and others.

On top of that they were so incompetent that they lost the war and got their country occupied by their enemy for 60 years!




Please don't think I admire the Nazis' exploits. I've met people on both sides of the Eastern front. This book was one man's recollections.
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