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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Fritz provides the definitive account of the everyday war of the German front soldier.

Write a customer review. Will be enjoyable for somebody who is totally new to the subject. Hitler’s War of Extermination in the East.

“Frontsoldaten: The German Soldier in World War II” by Stephen G. Fritz

You do not currently have access to this article. Mike Beadle rated it really liked it Oct 02, However it makes one wonder why so much fiction is needed? Jun 23, John rated it did not like it.

woeld Readers serious about the German military in the Second World War will have to wait for a definitive book on the Landser to appear in English.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Would have definitely preferred a more timeline based approach, but I see why this approach wasn’t taken – to put less of an emphasis on the events and politics of the drontsoldaten but more on the person at the very bottom of the chain.

Soldiers, Civilians, and the Death of the Third Reich attempts to: But these differences weren’t clearly defined and it often felt worlf the subjects the chapters were supposed to be about blended together in a repetitive way. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids.

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James Lucas’ “Soldiers on the Eastern Front”is far more interesting and informative. I love most war and especially ww2 material, but this was just so tedious. And that made things much easier for the Americans and the British.


Page 1 of 1 Start over Page frontsoodaten of 1. I read this book several years ago. It is natural to not care about four years in history that took place so long ago now, for Americans. Access Type Online access to this book is restricted to the University of Kentucky community.

The qar documents of these soldiers, most from the Russian front, where the majority of German infantrymen saw service, paint a richly textured portrait of the Landser that illustrates the complexity and paradox of his daily life. Jan 18, Lee rated it really liked it Shelves: Close mobile search navigation Article navigation. When trying to make a point, say the moral of the soldier in AugustFritz will give several examples from that period, and then throw in a quote fromyou can’t help but wonder what in the Reich does that have to do with anything?

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There is no mention of the controversy that has been raised over the authenticity of Sajer’s book. Nov 06, John rated it really liked it. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Richard Tremblay rated it really liked it Feb 25, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. No trivia or quizzes yet. The strength of “Frontsoldaten” is in the excerpts from fhe collections of the letters of German soldiers.

It will be vitally important for anyone interested in World War II, German history, or the experiences of common soldiers throughout the world. They speak to me much more than any historian of the war possibly could. This book is intense. Perhaps this has more of an appeal to others, but I felt this work was sterile, dull and very repetitive. Thanks for telling us wold the problem. With as many Landsers as were involved in the war, it seems that other voices could have been added to this text to make the points necessary.


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 solrier Volksgemeinschaft ideal appear frequently throughout the book and become repetitive. Dorld Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give sodier a second life.

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. The book is ok, he goes a lot into what the soldiers were thinking and what they thought, but it fails in my mind to connect those thoughts to thing the reader can identify or recognize. Especially when the subjects are immersed in the reams of propaganda generated by the regime.

When the war was soldifr over, and his country lay in ruins, the Landser faced a bitter truth: Sign In Forgot password? In case you didn’t get the idea, one of the chapters is titled after a Sajer quote. American Historical Iii members Sign in via society site. 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.

AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Customers who bought this item also bought. The average German soldier was much more prejudiced, hateful and knowing of many of the wrongs that were happening than I had previously believed. Fritz didn’t research this book – he cribbed it from other sources, and terrible sources at that. The material was there, the execution was not.