Stephen G. Fritz. Frontsoldaten: The German Soldier in World War II. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, x + pp. $ (cloth), ISBN. In exploring the reality of the Landser, the average German soldier in World War II, through letters, diaries, memoirs, and oral histories, Stephen G. Fritz provides. Frontsoldaten: The German Soldier in World War II. Stephen G. Fritz, Author University Press of Kentucky $ (p) ISBN

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I simply couldn’t maintain interest and had to put in a monumental effort to finish. University Press of Kentucky. Especially when the subjects are immersed in the reams of propaganda generated by the regime.

It appears that the author had a pile of research available, and wanting to do something with it, he wrapped it soldifr and tossed it over the wall to take advantage of the recent surge in the history of WW2 publishing.

Some concepts such as the Nazification of much of the regular non-SS troops still controversial and debated todaythe affirmation of the Landser’s existence from the feeling of camaraderie, and the importance of the Volksgemeinschaft ideal appear frequently throughout the book and become repetitive.

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Helps explain why the German army was so relentlessly efficient in battle. Purchase Subscription prices and ordering Short-term Access To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above.

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Books ths Stephen G. David Ellis rated it really liked it Oct 08, If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in. Still, most chapters are clear and well structured while some appeared to me confusing and without a clear organization they could have been broken down into independent chapters devoted to only one of the various concepts.

Frontsoldaten: The German Soldier in World War II

Fascinating to see the similarities and differences between how you’d expect “normal” soldiers would react and how these soldiers, in the midst of large-scale ethnic cleansing programs and riding high on propaganda of hate and intolerance, dealt with the war. The strength of this book lies not in its often tenuous analysis, but the excerpts from soldiers’ letters and diaries.

I love most war and especially ww2 material, but this was just so tedious. Richard Tremblay rated it really liked it Feb 25, See all 57 reviews. In summary, I liked most of the book and would recommend it, but only to those interested in trying to understand what motivated the Landser of WWII. Customers who bought this item also bought.

Some of the quotes from the front are remarkably poignant and insightful, especially when one considers the conditions under which they were written and by young men besides.

No photographs, even simple photographs to put faces with the voices in this book would have been incredibly powerful. Skip to main content UKnowledge. Jan 19, Amanda rated it really liked it. The reality is surely amazing enough. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Don’t have a Kindle? Get to Know Us. Will be enjoyable for somebody who is totally new to the subject.


Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. All were written by German soldiers, so obviously have an insight, in fact one of my favorites, “The Cross of Iron” by Willi Heinrich is referenced half a dozen times in a short stretch.

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Want to Read saving…. Aug 31, Stephanie rated it liked it Shelves: Falters a bit in its presentation, though. The spirit of the individual Landser kept the Wehrmacht together in the face of overwhelming events and it is the spirit of these letters that keep this book together, which otherwise might be subtitled – “The Forgotten Soldier: Although clinging to a self-image as a decent fellow, the German soldier nonetheless committed terrible crimes in the name of National Socialism.

Jun 10, Joe rated it it was ok Shelves: Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Uses letters, quotes, and narratives written by soldiers to get a “uncut” view into how they thought.

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