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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The photo on the cover of the book is of an SS troop you can see the edge of the emblem under the knife hiltwhich Mr. Helps explain why the German army was so relentlessly efficient in battle. It will be vitally important for anyone interested in World War II, German history, or the experiences of common soldiers throughout the world.

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Frontsoldaten: The German Soldier in World War II

This book is well worth the time. The young men who marched to war under the swastika were motivated, well trained and indeed raised to eoldier the ideology of the Reich to their enemies.

Apr 28, Megan rated it liked it Shelves: The geographical and chronological transitions are often muddled. Return to Book Page. Perhaps this has more of an appeal to others, but I felt this work was sterile, dull and very repetitive.


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Showing of 57 reviews. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Falters a bit in its presentation, though. The material was there, the execution was not.

Fortunately in “Frontsoldaten” there are plenty of stories “from the Letters of Tom rated it liked it Oct 26, David rated it it was amazing May 22, Justin rated it liked it Jul 02, Sep 22, Jecamp1 rated it it was amazing. I would be interested to know if anyone else had the same impression. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. This was an army that was absolutely dedicated to the fight and to be honest the type of military that every nation dreams of creating.

I simply couldn’t maintain interest and had to put in a monumental effort to finish. With chapters on training, images of combat, living conditions, combat stress, the personal sensations of war, the bonds of comradeship, and ideology and motivation, Fritz offers a sense of immediacy and intimacy, revealing war through the eyes of these self-styled “little men.

Reflections of a German Soldier, And that made things much easier for the Americans and the British.

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

American Historical Association members Sign in via society site. Soldiier book also helps to understand how so many fell under the spell of Hitler, when viewed from below, so many of the policies of the Nazi’s seem to make sense.

Get to Know Us. Richard Tremblay rated it really liked it Feb 25, An excellent read for military and civilian alike, Fritz examines the different aspects of the war, none of which were more or less ik.


Refresh and try again. Through letters, diary entries and personal testimony emerges a rich and nuanced picture of the German soldiers’ everyday lives during World War II.

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

See all 57 reviews. The western allies had nothing comparable to the pre-military training the Nazis employed – first, the Hitler Youth, then the labor force, let alone what appears to have been extremely effective ideological indoctrination.

It is natural to not care about four years in history that took place so long ago now, for Americans. Prior to reading this book I had alw I read this book several years ago. This is a great book for those who want to understand the German soldier.

The obvious weakness is the missed opportunity to include testimony of soldiers who witnessed the Holocaust.

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