A stunning look at World War II from the other side.... From the turret of a German tank, Colonel Hans von Luck commanded Rommel's 7th and then 21st Panzer Division. El Alamein, Kasserine Pass, Poland, Belgium, Normandy on D-Day, the disastrous Russian front - von Luck fought there with some of the best soldiers in the world. German soldiers. Awarded the German Cross in Gold and the Knight's Cross, von Luck writes as an officer and a gentleman. Told with the vivid detail of an impassioned eyewitness, his rare and moving memoir has become a classic in the literature of World War II, a first-person chronicle of the glory - and the inevitable tragedy - of a superb soldier fighting Hitler's war.
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It's worth it
I always enjoy to hear the german side of things. It's also quite a good personal story too. I'd recommend it.
Who knew the Nazis were so kind-hearted and loved?
Although I enjoyed parts of the book, the implication was that the Wehrmacht was composed mostly of kind, good-hearted, cultured souls who hated killing and were welcomed by those whose countries they invaded and whose lives they shattered. One would think that no German soldier ever committed any atrocities or had any knowledge of the persecution and murder of millions of Jews, civilians, soldiers, and others deemed not up to Master Race standards. While Von Luck sounds like a nice person (the "Good Nazi"), he appears to have been oblivious to the realities of the war while enjoying its spoils.
This book gives you a great insight into the life of a frontline soldier and what a true leader is.