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Sniper on the Eastern Front


Sniper on the Eastern Front

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    Albrecht Wacker(Author)
This book is a rare first-hand account by a ruthlessly efficient German sniper of life and death during the bitter conflict that followed the Nazi invasion of Russia. Josef 'Sepp' Allerberger was an Austrian conscript who qualified as a Wehrmacht machine-gunner and was drafted to the Southern sector of the Front in July 1942.After being wounded at Voroshilovsk, he experimented successfully with a captured Russian sniper-rifle whileconvalescing and returned to his unit as his regiment's only sniper specialist. In the gruelling months that followed, as the German Army was forced to withdraw under almost constant pressure from the Russians, Allerberger became the second most successful German sniper and one of the very few private soldiers to be awarded the coveted Knights Cross.This harrowing and graphic memoir provides a vivid insight to the atrocious conditions and brutal cruelty of this campaign. There was, we learn, no place for chivalry and few prisoners survived long after capture. Allerberger relates the cunning, discipline and fieldcraft that not only saw him survive during the near constant action but made him such a relentless assassin.

Albrecht Wacker is an author and historian.

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  • PDF | 192 pages
  • Albrecht Wacker(Author)
  • Pen & Sword Books Ltd; Reprint edition (17 May 2012)
  • English
  • 9
  • Biography
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  • By mark rudland on 13 September 2017

    enjoyed book very much, gives an insight to how terrible it must have been on eastern front, for both sides.

  • By Greg on 14 September 2017

    This military memoir grabs your attention and holds it till completion. Informative and extremely well written without any glorification of the role of the sniper in combat.

  • By Peter W on 24 June 2017

    Brilliant account of warfare on the Eastern Front and all the associated horror of modern warfare.

  • By Neil G on 13 August 2017

    Graphic read on a German sniper in WW2.

  • By Tony Brook on 5 June 2017

    An excellent autobiographical account of life for a German soldier on the Eastern Front in WWII.As the saying goes "history is written by the victors", and most histories of WWII are written from the allies' perspective. If you wish to develop a balanced view, you need to read many of the relatively few accounts written by German soldiers, the vast majority of whom served their country as honourably as war permits, answering their country's call to fight the tide of bolshevism / communism sweeping west from Russia.Albrecht Wacker's experiences, between his conscription in Austria to his safe return after the war, are quite amazing and very informative. The book is well written and, consequently, an easy read. From a military perspective, Albrecht Wacker 's service and evident skill as a sniper gave him a relatively unique role, that almost certainly helped him survive the war, when vast numbers of his comrades were killed in action. He relates his on-going personal conflict with the morality of sniping, and the horrific treatment of other snipers captured by the Russians, which is understandable but unjustified: the Russians used far more snipers than the Germans, and sniping is a legitimate element of modern military conflict.Albrecht Wacker also relates his direct experiences of the extensive atrocities committed by Russian troops against captured military personnel and civilians. As he himself states, it is perverse that history rightly condemns the Nazi regime for its atrocities, yet there is little public acknowledgement or detailed analysis of the horrors perpetrated by the Russians army as it moved east.In my view this book thoroughly deserves 5 stars, as an excellent read and a valuable contribution to history.I cannot account for some of the absurd, factually inaccurate comments in the one and two star reviews.

  • By tugeladiver on 13 May 2014

    For those interested in military history and especially in the roll of the sniper, this is a good book to read. Wacker tells the story in a very "matter of fact" manner with no heroics. While the experience of being a sniper on the Eastern front during the Nazi retreat must have been difficult beyond imagination, the book focuses on his every day task as a sniper. A good very good read.

  • By Stuart Kite on 21 January 2015

    great read ,first hand account of what really went on, a must for anyone who has a interest in ww2 eastern front, i just couldnt put it down and thats coming from someone who finds it hard to sit down and read a book.

  • By Stuart on 27 April 2017

    Begins well enough but quickly becomes tedious and incredible. The man kept the Soviet hordes at bay during the retreat in WW2 by seemingly wiping out hundreds with his sniper rifle. There is a lot of gory detail which loses its effect by being over-used. Needed a lot more light and shade to be more effective.

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