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Mortar Gunner on the Eastern Front (Hardback)

Volume II: Russia, Hungary Lithuania, and the Battle for East Prussia

WWII Russia & the Eastern Front Greenhill Books Greenhill: WWII Memoirs

By Hans Heinz Rehfeldt
Greenhill Books
Pages: 352
Illustrations: 100
ISBN: 9781784383657
Published: 30th October 2019
Expected Re-release Date: 30th December 2021


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Returning to his old unit, the grenade launcher, in May 1944, he experienced the heavy defensive battles in Romania as a platoon commander and from August 1944 in East Prussia and Lithuania. After being transferred by ship from Memel to Königsberg in late 1944, he took part in the battles for Ostprussen in the winter of 1944/1945. Constantly exposed to the attacks of Russian bombers and fighter planes and severely wounded by shrapnel on the leg, he manages, with the help of a Russian volunteer and a horse-drawn vehicle from Balga to Rosenberg, from there by ship transport via Pillau to Swinoujscie and by train to Schwerin.

Fleeing the impending Russian imprisonment to the west, he falls into American captivity on 3 May 1945 and is released in July 1945 in the home.

Memories of a corporal and platoon commander in the grenade launcher 1943-1945.

"Mortar Gunner on the Eastern Front: Russia, Hungary, Lithuania, and the Battle for East Prussia" is the second volume of Hans Heinz Rehfeldt's World War II military memoirs. Ably translated into English by Geoffrey Brooks and featuring an informative Foreword by Gilberto Villahemosa and unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library World War II History & Biography collections.

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Midwest Book Review

Having as much detailed information as is presented here continually helps put the various phases of the Sixth Army's advance on and into Stalingrad, and Soviet attempts to stem the German offensive, into a better and more critical context.

The History Shelf

This is the second volume of the memoirs of Dr Rehfeldt and, as with the first volume, it reads very well, providing a rare view of mortar units. The author has produced a rare account of what was a critical element in German artillery capabilities and he paints a vivid picture. – Very Highly Recommended.

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This book brings the World War 2 years covering Dr Hans Heinz Rehfeldt life to a close. The book presents in a very human way life and death during World War 2 and the loss of a comrade in arms is hard felt due to you becoming closer than brothers, and so as such regardless of the side you were on during this conflict it does provide a look into the life of a soldier who spent most of the war fighting on the most de-humanising front in the East. This book and the previous title make a great read for anyone with an interest in World War 2 and to some extent life during World War 2.

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This is the book I have been avidly awaiting following the earlier publication of Volume 1 of Hans Rehfeldt’s extraordinary account of his service with Grossdeutschland on the Eastern Front. Volume 1 was compelling reading and Volume 2 does not disappoint. It is an intense read, taking the reader along with the author as he fights to survive. That he survived against the odds is a story in itself but the eloquence and detail he brings to his account is compelling. As in Volume 1 his story is supported by his sketch maps and photographs that add real value to the account. Quite excellent, and one of the very best personal accounts of combat.

Michael McCarthy. Battlefield Guide

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