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A German Soldier on the Eastern Front (Hardback)

A First Hand Account of the Beginnings of Operation Barbarossa


By Franz Taut, Translated by Linden Lyons
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 200
Illustrations: 20 mono illustrations
ISBN: 9781399058735
Published: 14th March 2024


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Following the German attack on the Soviet Union in 1941, the German-Soviet non-aggression pact was officially broken. After initial successes, it quickly became clear that the enemy could not be defeated that easily, as the unknown terrain and extreme weather conditions continued to exacerbate the problems.

Lieutenant Hohberg, who had previously fought in the French campaign, had been sent to the East after receiving his promotion. Having led his battery several times, he was now waiting in vain for tank support. However, the lack of supplies, not to mention the fire raids and air raids, made any further advance impossible, and with the Russian winter approaching, he knew that they would have to reach the Donets as soon as possible…

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Historical Miniatures Gaming Society, May2024

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This is a fast-paced, gripping account of the German invasion of the Soviet Union, related through the eyes of a German artillery officer on the Eastern Front in 1941. With the brutal Russian winter approaching, Lt. Hohberg finds himself out of supply while awaiting tank support for his unit on their advance to the Donets.
Well written and descriptive, an interesting perspective from Wehrmacht position.
Readers interested in WWII accounts will love this book! I certainly did!

NetGalley, Joseph P McNellis

About Franz Taut

The son of an army officer, FRANZ TAUT grew up in Munich. Having graduated from high school, he joined the Reichswehr, which he left in 1928. Franz then travelled to South Africa, Venezuela, Columbia and the West Indies. He returned to Germany in 1933 and worked as a journalist for such newspapers as the Berliner Tageblatt and the Berliner Lokai-Anzeiger. Taut was drafted into the Wehrmacht, as an officer and war correspondent, in August 1939. Having participated in the fighting on the Eastern Front, he was captured by American troops in the Ruhr in April 1945. After his release in 1946, he settled in Wolfratshausen as a freelance writer and once again took up writing.

About Linden Lyons

Linden Lyons holds a master’s degree in history from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He also studied German at the University of Freiburg and librarianship at the University of Canberra. He is the translator for Panzer Operations, Vitebsk, and Leningrad in the Die Wehrmacht im Kampf series.

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