Soldat: Reflections of a German Soldier, 1936-1949

Soldat: Reflections of a German Soldier, 1936-1949

Paris. The Somme. The Italian Campaign. The Russian Front. And inside Hitler's bunker during The Battle of Berlin . . . World War II through the eyes of a solider of the Reich. Siegfried Knappe fought, was wounded, and survived battles in nearly every major Wehrmacht campaign. His astonishing career begins with Hitler's rise to power--and ends with a five-year term in a Rus Paris. The Somme. The Italian Campaign. The Russian Front. And inside Hitler's bunker during The Battle of Berlin . ....

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Title:Soldat: Reflections of a German Soldier, 1936-1949
Author:Siegfried Knappe
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Genres:History
ISBN:Soldat: Reflections of a German Soldier, 1936-1949
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages:430 pages pages

Soldat: Reflections of a German Soldier, 1936-1949 Reviews

  • Grumpus
    Jul 11, 2013
    What an interesting story of a German soldier's experience. I love these personal accounts and to learn of his good fortune to survive the war over so many battles is inspiring. Truly, God was watching over this man. ...
  • Sean
    Jul 24, 2007
    How did anyone live through this? ...
  • Jay
    Feb 10, 2018
    Siegfried Knappe was a young officer in the German army during World War II, though he was no Nazi?just a patriotic young man who believed he was serving his country honorably. He was trained as an artillery officer and, with his battalion, manned a section of the French-German borde...
  • Jason Koivu
    Feb 22, 2012
    A memoir of a German during WWII. Siegfried Knappe started as an exuberant youth, having done well in school and with all the promise of the world opening before him. Then the war came. He excelled as a soldier, though placed in an outdated, pre-mechanized unit, and soon rose through t...
  • Steven
    May 19, 2009
    This was a great read for a man who never before read a book on military history. The former German Army Captain who served Hitler briefly in a bunker in Berlin writes an excellent tale of his early years, Hitler's rise to power, and the author's growing discomfort with the ways and le...
  • Helen
    Oct 17, 2017
    In an attempt to try to find out what the war was like from the German perspective, I read this book based on the extensive diaries of Siegfreid Knappe. It is quite clear that this man was an obedient soldier of the Wehrmacht, a professional who moved up the ranks, served in different ...
  • Linda
    Dec 20, 2014
    I listened to this as an audio book, narrated by John Wray. The reader killed this one for me. While the narrative was interesting, well organized, and reasonably well written, Wray's pronunciation was neither American, British, nor German. A book told through the eyes of a young Germa...
  • carl  theaker
    Jun 01, 2010
    A good read, this fellow really got around. I particularly found interesting the machinations of the different HQ groups at the end of the war to get posted to units in the west, thus getting to surrender to the Americans or British. That didn't work out for Knappe as he se...
  • Mark
    Nov 29, 2016
    In my youth I read hundreds of books about WWII, and although I have seen other accounts by enemy combatants, this is one of the most comprehensive that I have read. Siegfried Knappe chronicles his years in the Wehrmacht from his joining as a naive teenager, through his time as a pri...
  • LindaJ^
    Feb 14, 2017
    In this memoir, a former major in the German army during WWII remembers his life in the pre-war days through his release post-war from a Russian prisoner-of-war camp. Knappe appears to be from an upper middle class German family. Knappe does not tell his story chronologically, but r...
  • Jeff Dawson
    Oct 22, 2011
    Most of the book I have read from individual soldiers were of the lower or the actual Generals themselves. Patton, Monty, Eisenhower, Guederian, Rommel etc. This work is completely different. Siegfried Knappe give us a look into the actual duties and rigors of being on the command staf...
  • David
    Jul 09, 2014
    A fascinating view of WWII, through the eyes of a common Wehrmacht officer. ...
  • Tim Yearneau
    Jul 29, 2015
    I bought this book online spontaneously because it looked kind of interesting and I needed something to read. Well, after reading it I can only say it is fantastic. I love the fact he is a German Soldier giving his own personal insights as a member of the German military. But what made...
  • Peter
    Oct 17, 2011
    The day to day life of a German Military officer during W.W II. Well worth a read, if only to redress the balance a little and break the standard black and white, good v evil interpretation mythology. The guy seems to covers the whole of Europe, mostly on foot, from the original inv...
  • Paul
    Aug 07, 2017
    I've read a lot on WW2 over the years, but little from the German perspective. The author was a Major in the artillery. He fought in the France, Italy and on the Russian front. Short story: he saw a lot of action. The book is well written and reader friendly. A background in WW2 hi...
  • Ryan
    Feb 13, 2014
    I've previously read accounts written by German soldiers who fought in WWII, but this was one of the more interesting and personal ones. As reconstructed from his diary and interviews, we learn that Siegfried Knappe was an unusually capable and dedicated soldier who managed to rise thr...
  • Chris
    Nov 11, 2013
    This book being reflections of a young German World War II officer, it gives a fantastic inside look at the way the German artillery was handled in WWII, the thoughts of an "ordinary" officer, and the struggle that these men faced under Russian captivity after the war. I wouldn't norma...
  • Alex
    Mar 04, 2018
    I've been reading WWII books from every side, Russian, American, German. and it's never gets old or boring. Two of grandfathers fought the "Great Patriotic War", this is the third book from the German perspective. and it's one of the best so forth. Siegfried Knappe is extremely l...
  • ℓуηη, ℓσкιѕℓутнєя¢ℓαω
    Jun 07, 2019
    For anyone who's a WW2 history nerd, this memoir provides a unique perspective of a German soldier's experience throughout the war & his subsequent captivity in Russia after the war ended. It's well-written, and dramatically enthralling at times. For someone who has difficulty maki...
  • Victor
    Mar 14, 2016
    The book is a memoir of Siegfried Knappe, who ended the war as a Major and was taken captive by the Russians. In many respects his war experience is a typical journey of a career Wehrmacht officer who went through the ranks under the Nazis. The memoir is going back and forth in time, w...
  • Jarrod
    Aug 27, 2013
    An excellent book about the happenings of WWII from a German Soldier's perspective. ...
  • Paula Dembeck
    May 10, 2013
    This German soldier fought, was wounded and survived battles in nearly every major Wehrmacht campaign. His career began with Hitler?s rise to power and ended with a five year term in a Russian prison camp. This is a good personal combat history of WW2 based on the wartime diaries ...
  • Sam Motes
    Jan 23, 2014
    The utter patriotism of the soldier fighting for his country and his brothers in arms without the knowledge of the atrocities his government was committing makes for a very important read. The propaganda that kept the soldiers fighting to the bloody end shows the power of the media. Th...
  • S.
    Jul 19, 2013
    I think this is book is considered fairly legendary in some circles, being 'the WW2 infantry' memoir. Knappe, who retained all his photographs and diaries even through multiple battles and prison camps, entered the German forces as a private or 'soldat', but to some degree the title is...
  • Cerisaye
    Jun 25, 2017
    Not as enjoyable as Hans von Luck's quite similar Panzer Commander, which I recommend heartily if you haven't read it, because Siegfried Knappe simply isn't such good company and lacks von Luck's verve and brio. Another account of the Nazi years and Second World War from the perspectiv...
  • Darren
    Jul 23, 2018
    The challenges the German troops had on the Eastern front are always such an interesting read. Their capture, poor treatment and war crimes they were charged with are disgusting. The troops were asked to do their duty by their country and were thereby condemned. The Allied forces were ...
  • Timothy Boyd
    Jan 15, 2016
    Very good bio and history book. Lots of insight into the daily personal life of a German soldier during then war. Very recommended ...
  • David Watts
    Aug 26, 2017
    Great book on the career of a German soldier serving prior to the war (great read on German preparation and training prior to WW2), through France, to Russia and back to the defense of Berlin. Realistic look at the frontline German soldier who was not aware of the holocaust and his res...
  • David R. Dowdy
    Dec 24, 2018
    I'm trying to find a copy of this book. Why I pass on books that I love, I'll never know (oh, I don't have space). This is a very good, neutral account from a young soldier (soldat) serving in the Wehrmacht. The things he writes about are fairly typical for someone his age and I identi...
  • Bart Mumm
    Apr 12, 2019
    A very interesting read. We always experience an event from our own countries perspective and seeing one mans experience from the "enemys" side is a good insight into how everyone thinks about themselves or their own country and the change as you realize you are on the losing side. ...